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U.N. Free-Speech Envoy Blasts "Extremely Disturbing" Government Mass Surveillance

Publisher: 
Slate
Publication date: 
06-Jun-2013
Author(s): 
Ryan Gallagher
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The rights group Privacy International heralded the report as a “landmark” piece of work. “The report marks the first time the U.N. has emphasised the centrality of the right to privacy to democratic principles and the free flow of speech and ideas,” it said. “[It] breaks a tradition long-held by U.N. human rights mechanisms to remain relatively silent on state surveillance.”