The Guide to International Law and Surveillance

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The guide covers an array of relevant topics such as the (il)legality of mass surveillance operations, the law surrounding data retention, the extraterritorial application of human rights law and digital surveillance, the international law on hacking for surveillance purposes, crypto-wars and the “going dark” debate, and the responsibility of multinational corporations in protecting the right to privacy.

The first section of the guide offers an abridged version, a compressed list of the most substantive articulations of law surrounding of the sub-issues covered, as they are reflected under both U.N. law and regional Human Rights Law. If you cite nothing else, these are the quotes that you want to reference. The second section of the guide offers additional quotes for each of the sub-issues, beyond the primary ones introduced in the first section.

The guide is a living and breathing document and we will be adding new content as more statements and resolutions emerge. Please reach out to us via Twitter if you have any other quotes you want us to add or topics you want us to cover.

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