UN General Assembly Plenary Adopts "Right to Privacy in the Digital Age" Resolution

posted Dec 19, 2013, 10:16 AM by Carlos E. Jimenez-Gomez   [ updated Dec 19, 2013, 10:17 AM ]

The Plenary of the Sixty-eighth General Assembly of United Nations has adopted on December 18th 2013 the Resolution ‘Right to Privacy in the Digital Age"

By the terms of that text, the Assembly established, for the first time, that "human rights should prevail irrespective of the medium, and therefore the need for protection both offline and online". General Assembly calls upon Member States to "review their procedures, practices and legislation on the surveillance of communications, their interception and collection of personal data, including mass surveillance, with a view to upholding the right to privacy by ensuring the full and effective implementation of all relevant obligations under international human rights law".

This document has been adopted by UN some days later of publication of the Report and Recommendations of The US President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies titled “Liberty and Security in a Changing World”.

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