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U.N. committee calls for ending excessive electronic spying

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 - 01:13

Nov. 26 - A United Nations General Assembly committee calls for online privacy rights. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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A U.N. General Assembly committee called for an end to excessive electronic surveillance. The committee adopted the German and Brazilian-drafted resolution by consensus, and is expected to be voted on next month. Brazil's Ambassador to the United Nations, Antonio Patriota: (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTONIO DE AGUIAR PATRIOTA, BRAZIL'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SAYING: "Mr. Chair, through this resolution, the General Assembly establishes for the first time that human rights should prevail irrespective of the medium and therefore need to be protected both off-line and online. It also reiterates that human rights are universal." The draft text does not name specific countries but North Korea's deputy U.N. envoy, Ri Tong-il, did mention names. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RI TONG IL, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA'S DEPUTY AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SAYING: "It is not a secret that since 2007 the United States has been operating the code-named PRISM massive surveillance program domestically and this created another condemnation already." The draft resolution comes after U.S. contractor Edward Snowden released details of a global spying program by the U.S. National Security Agency.

U.N. committee calls for ending excessive electronic spying

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 - 01:13

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