San Francisco's Electronic Frontier Foundation joined five other privacy groups in asking the United Nations to end "mass Internet spying" by countries around the world.

"Privacy is a fundamental human right, and is central to the maintenance of democratic societies," reads the proposal.

Before the Internet was widely used by the public, clear legal principles defined and restricted communications surveillance by governments, and so did logistical barriers caused by clumsy technology. But that has all changed, and legal principles have failed to keep up, EFF said.

Friday, September 20, 2013
San Francisco Business Journal