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United Nations: Rein in Mass Surveillance - Groundbreaking Privacy Report Affirms Rights Requirements

Author: Human Rights Watch, Published on: 17 July 2014

Governments around the world should heed the findings of the UN’s human rights commissioner on mass surveillance, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments should rein in mass surveillance and respect the privacy of all Internet users, no matter where they are located...The report made several crucial points...[including: Responsibilities of technology companies: The report stated that in any case, if technology companies comply with government requests for surveillance assistance without adequate safeguards, they risk complicity in any resulting human rights abuses. The report calls on companies to “assess whether and how their terms of service, or their policies for gathering and sharing customer data, may result in an adverse impact on the human rights of their users,” implicitly drawing a connection between company data collection practices and government access to data companies hold.

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