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Five US Surveillance Programs Undermining Global Human Rights

CDT and the ACLU submitted comments to the United Nations describing five particularly egregious surveillance programs that have had a grievous impact on human rights around the world. In our submission we make it clear that on a daily basis, US authorities are intercepting the private communications of hundreds of millions of people across the globe, the vast majority of whom are not suspected of any wrongdoing.

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What will it take to end mass surveillance in the EU?

When the media reports containing startling revelations about the scale and scope of electronic surveillance conducted by the US National Security Agency (NSA) appeared in June 2013, Europe’s response was mixed. It quickly became clear that while European officials and Members of the European Parliament took the revelations and their impact on fundamental rights very seriously, no such response was forthcoming from national governments.

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Why Government Collection and Retention of Data Can Interfere with Privacy Rights

In international human-rights law, our instinctive sense that governments abuse us when they intercept our private letters, e-mails, chats, text messages, and calls without a sufficient justification is captured in provisions that prohibit countries from committing any “interference” with the right to privacy unless they have a compelling reason to do so.

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UN Privacy Report Is a Strong Blow against US Surveillance Regimes

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights—the world’s top human-rights official—released a highly anticipated report about “the right to privacy in the digital age.” Overall, the report reaches bold legal findings that are clear, well-reasoned, and urgently needed. Calling mass surveillance a “dangerous habit,” the High Commissioner reaches a number of legal conclusions that have genuine implications for US secret surveillance practices.

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