Boundaries need to be set regarding cyber privacy

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Young Malaysian girl using telecom with a computer. UNESCO – Lissac, P.

People who are using new technologies like the Internet need to be able to "set the boundaries" regarding the protection of personal data.

The remarks were made by the Spokesperson for the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations during a debate on the right to privacy in the digital age.

Last November, a resolution introduced at the UN by Brazil and Germany was passed unanimously against unlawful online surveillance.

Christian Doktor says the debate is global because it affects people all over the world.

"Everyone uses the Internet, everyone who makes phone calls basically asks himself the question you know what happens to my data and how is it protected? And therefore we have a very broad support. This initiative is not directed against any country specifically or against any group of countries but we what we want is to reach an understanding with all the countries what does the right to privacy mean in the digital age? And where do we have to set some boundaries to this very rapid technological development that we are seeing."  (32″)

Mr Doktor says Tuesday's meeting is aimed at giving some direction on how to protect the rights to privacy even better.

A statement by the UN General Assembly is expected on how individual and mass surveillance, interception of communications or data collection could affect a broad range of human rights.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

Duration:  1’20″


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