Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday September 27, 2015

"Snowden Treaty" Proposed To Curtail Mass Surveillance And Protect Whistleblowers

The International Treaty On The Right To Privacy was unveiled this week to urge changes in mass surveillance. But to echo the byline, will it really change anything?

Signatory states "must consider data protection and the right to privacy in all future programs and policies," while also strengthening the oversight of state surveillance, which is often very weak. They will need to "establish independent national supervision to ensure public transparency and accountability in their surveillance-related activities. They will also commit to undertaking comprehensive reviews of existing surveillance practices every 5 years, with their results made public."