Privacy groups urge UN to adopt digital surveillance resolution

Everybody should be able to use the Internet without fear of unwarranted interference, the groups said

By , IDG News Service |  Security

Despite efforts by the "Five Eyes" surveillance alliance -- the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the U.K. -- to weaken the resolution, it remains relatively undamaged, the groups said in a joint news release.

The resolution also requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to present a report on the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in the digital age.

If adopted, the resolution will ensure that this issue stays on the front burner at the UN, the groups said, adding that a vote on the resolution is expected to take place in the next week.

Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to loek_essers@idg.com

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