Mass Internet Surveillance Threatens International Law, UN Report Claims
"Mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies is 'corrosive of online privacy' and threatens to undermine international
law, according to a report to the United Nations general assembly.
The critical study by Ben Emmerson QC, the UN’s special rapporteur on
counter-terrorism, released on Wednesday is a response to revelations
by the whistleblower Edward Snowden about the extent of monitoring
carried out by GCHQ in the UK and the National Security Agency (NSA) in
Emmerson’s study poses a direct challenge to the claims of both
governments that their bulk surveillance programs, which the barrister
finds endanger the privacy of 'literally every internet user,' are
proportionate to the terrorist threat and robustly constrained by law.
To combat the danger, Emmerson endorses the ability of Internet users to
mount legal challenges to bulk surveillance."
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