In his recent China visit, UN Special Rapporteur Joseph Cannataci said that “states’ seeking cyber peace must be willing and able to work together on achieving synergy between security interests and privacy in cyberspace.”  

Discussing cyberspace privacy and protection at the UN Human Rights Council, Cannataci said that oversight mechanisms for national surveillance of communications and the Internet may not always be present. Even if there are, they are “frequently ineffective and do not provide adequate transparency and accountability”.

He also urged the global community to develop a legal framework on privacy and surveillance in cyberspace which will be put to the UN General Assembly where it is expected to resolve several outstanding problems including jurisdiction.


Source: Xinhua

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