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NGOs launch intl. principles on communication surveillance & human rights at UN Human Rights Council

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22 September 2013

Surveillance and Human Rights Principles are launched at 24th Session of the Human Rights Council

Author: Fabiola Carrion, Access

[R]epresentatives from Access, Privacy International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Association for Progressive Communications, Reporters Without Borders, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Human Rights Watch presented the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance on various occasions and at a side event at the 24th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council...The Principles provide an evaluative framework for assessing state surveillance in the context of international law and human rights norms. In summary, the Principles are legality, legitimate aim, necessity, adequacy, proportionality, judicial authority, and due process. They also consider user notification, transparency, public oversight, integrity of communications and systems as well as safeguards, both for international cooperation and against illegitimate access.

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Article
7 June 2013

International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance

Author: Signatories: Access Now; Article 19; Bits of Freedom; Center for Internet & Society; Comision Colombiana de Juristas; Derechos Digitales ; Electronic Frontier Foundation; Open Media; Open Net; Open Rights Group; Privacy International; Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic; Statewatch

This document attempts to explain how international human rights law applies in the current digital environment, particularly in light of the increase in and changes to communications surveillance technologies and techniques. These principles can provide civil society groups, industry, and States with a framework to evaluate whether current or proposed surveillance laws and practices are consistent with human rights.

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