US plans to kill online privacy right

A resolution submitted by Brazil and Germany to the UN General Assembly tries to promote a universal human right to online privacy.

Washington and its key spying allies are secretly working on a plan to destroy an international effort at the United Nations for promoting a universal human right to online privacy.

Diplomatic sources and an internal US government document have shown that US diplomats are seeking to kill a provision of a draft resolution submitted by Brazil and Germany to the UN General Assembly, which seeks to place constraint on online spying by the US National Security Agency and other spy agencies, Foreign Policy�™s The Cable reported on Wednesday.

The proposal by Brazil and Germany says collecting �œcertain sensitive information” must be in �œfull compliance” with international human rights laws because privacy rights are �œnot to be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference.”

US officials are publicly endorsing the proposal. �œThe United States takes very seriously our international legal obligations, including those under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,” The Cable quoted Kurtis Cooper, a spokesman for the US mission to the UN, as saying.

Privacy rights are enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a multilateral treaty adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1966, and the Brazilian and German proposal is trying to apply the right to privacy to online communications.

However, in private, US diplomats are working on a secret plan to kill a provision of the proposal that states �œextraterritorial surveillance” and interception of people�™s personal information and metadata anywhere in the world constitute a violation of their human rights.

Washington has recently circulated a confidential paper, �œRight to Privacy in the Digital Age — U.S. Redlines,” to its allies urging changes to the Brazilian and German initiative so that any suggestion that �œreferences to privacy rights … apply extraterritorially” will be removed.

�œRecall that the USG’s [US government’s] collection activities that have been disclosed are lawful collections done in a manner protective of privacy rights,” the paper reads. �œSo a paragraph expressing concern about illegal surveillance is one with which we would agree.”

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Source: Press TV