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    Associated Press: UN resolution aims to protect right to privacy

    The Associated Press reports on moves at the United Nations to pass a resolution concerning privacy in light of the revelations about broad surveillance by the National Security Agency:

    Brazil and Germany, whose leaders have allegedly been targeted by U.S. eavesdropping, are asking the U.N. General Assembly to adopt a resolution calling on all countries to protect the right to privacy guaranteed under international law.

    Their draft resolution sent to the assembly’s human rights committee Friday notes that rapid technological developments are improving information and communications for people around the globe — but they are also enhancing the capacity “for surveillance, interception and data collection, which may violate human rights.” […]

    The proposed resolution follows a series of reports of U.S. eavesdropping on foreign leaders, including Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that have surprised and angered allies. […]

    General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but they do reflect world opinion and carry moral and political weight.

    The human rights committee is expected to discuss the draft resolution next week and vote on it in late November. If approved by the committee, it is virtually certain to be adopted by the 193-member General Assembly in December.

    The draft resolution “affirms that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, in particular the right to privacy,” and calls on members to uphold those rights.

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