December 4, 2013 | By Katitza Rodriguez

Tell the UN General Assembly To Support a Right to Privacy

In the next few days, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on a draft resolution reaffirming the right to privacy in the digital age.

The draft resolution passed out of the UN third committee last week with a strong support of 50 Member States. Now that it's facing the whole 193-members of the United Nations General Assembly, it's time for you to tell the world leaders that #privacyisaright. Take action and sign the 13 Principles to end the vast collection of data of innocent individuals at home and abroad.

Though the current draft resolution has seen a few changes over the last few weeks as it went through amendment process, it remains a strong statement that will help in the fight to reassert the digital privacy rights of citizens around the world.

Critically, the draft resolution reaffirms a core principle of international human rights law: states cannot ignore their human rights obligations simply because their surveillance activities occur outside of their borders. The draft resolution, if adopted, will make it harder for the US and its Five Eyes allies to claim that their human rights obligations stop at their borders in an effort to justify their mass surveillance activities. As we have previously said, "Just as modern surveillance transcends borders, so must privacy protections."

Tell the world leaders: end mass surveillance at home and abroad. Sign the 13 Principles now.


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