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Globally, people resigned to little privacy online

Frank Bajak and Jack Chang (via AP/ SMH) | June 10, 2013
Internet users worldwide say they have few expectations of online privacy as governments increasingly monitor people's digital lives and Internet companies often acquiesce.

The U.N. report said such activity has been expanding as technology advances, and that countries should prioritize protecting people's online rights.

"In order to meet their human rights obligations, States must ensure that the rights to freedom of expression and privacy are at the heart of their communications surveillance frameworks," the report reads.

Its author, Guatemalan Frank La Rue, calls for legal standards to ensure "privacy, security and anonymity of communications" to protect people including journalists, human rights defenders and whistleblowers.

 

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