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Daily Dashboard | UN Report Says Bulk Surveillance Threatens International Law Related reading: Microsoft unveils open-source privacy mapping tool

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A 22-page report to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly claims that mass surveillance “is indiscriminately corrosive of online privacy and impinges on the very essence of the right guaranteed by” the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, The Guardian reports. The study was written by Ben Emmerson, UN special rapporteur on counterterrorism. He said spy programs implemented by the U.S. NSA and the UK GCHQ, for example, “pose a direct and ongoing challenge to an established norm of international law,” and such programs undermine “the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether.” The report follows an equally critical analysis from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay released in July.
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