Surveillance technologies must not undermine freedom of expression – UN expert

From the UN News Centre:

“Freedom of expression cannot be ensured without respect to privacy in communications,” said Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, presenting to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council his report on the implications of State surveillance on human rights.

“Concerns about national security and criminal activity may justify the exceptional use of communications surveillance,” he said. “Nevertheless, national laws regulating what constitutes the necessary, legitimate and proportional State involvement in communications surveillance are often inadequate or simply do not exist.”

The full report, entitled ” Report of the Special Rapporteur on the  promotion and protection of the right to freedom  of opinion and expression” is available here (UN Document Symbol A/HRC/23/40).

 

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