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Daily Dashboard | UN: Gov't Surveillance "Almost Certainly Illegal" Related reading: EDPS welcomes regulation establishing EU Agency for Asylum into force



The United Nations (UN), “in a damning but cautiously phrased report on Wednesday,” recommends that governments review national laws and policies to assess whether they are in line with international human rights law, GigaOM reports. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, “The very existence of a mass surveillance programme creates an interference with privacy,” adding, “The onus is on the state to demonstrate that such interference is neither arbitrary nor unlawful.” Meanwhile, two UK electronic surveillance programs were publicly debated on Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Members of the UK Parliament voted 498 to 31 to approve the “Data Retention and Investigatory Powers” bill.
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