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

Author: Fabiola Carrion, Access, Published on: 22 September 2013

[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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