On 5 June, international experts who supported the 13 International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance (the Necessary and Proportionate Principles) issued a press release containing quotes from experts weighing in on the need to end the mass surveillance.
A group of over 400 organizations and experts, along with 350,000 individuals, continue to rally in support of the Necessary and Proportionate Principles a year after Edward Snowden first revealed the extent of government monitoring.
Citizen Lab Post-doctoral fellow Christopher Parsons and Cyber Stewards Ramiro Álvarez Ugarte and Hisham Almiraat are some of the experts quoted in the press release.
“The past year has revealed that dragnet state surveillance has enveloped the world despite our nations’ privacy and data protection laws, laws that have demonstrably been diminished, undermined, and evaded by privacy-hostile governments over the course of the past decade. It is critical that we take the initiative and work to better endow our privacy commissioners and data protection regulators with the powers they need to investigate and terminate programs that inappropriately or unlawfully invade and undermine our individual and collective rights to privacy,” wrote Parsons.
Read the full piece on EFF’s site.