Germany, Brazil want UN privacy resolution

Oct 25, 2013
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives on October 25, 2013 for the second day of a European Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels.

Germany and Brazil are working on a UN General Assembly resolution aimed at highlighting international anger at US data snooping in other countries, diplomats said Friday.

The resolution would not mention the United States and would call for extending the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to internet activities.

"German and Brazilian diplomats met counterparts from Europe and Latin America today to discuss a draft resolution," a UN diplomat involved in the talks said on condition of anonymity.

"The aim is to send a message to those who abuse the system," added the diplomat.

Germany has been angered by eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone by US intelligence. Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff cancelled a trip to the United States last month over allegations the National Security Agency intervened her office's communications.

Rousseff had already announced that Brazil would seek a UN measure on privacy.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights went into force in 1976, before the internet started.

But Brazil and Germany want a provision of the covenant that says "no one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honor and reputation" extended to cyberspace.

The two countries plan to put the resolution to a UN General Assembly committee that handles human rights.

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1 / 5 (10) Oct 25, 2013
Today is "Burn an American Flag Day...."
1.4 / 5 (9) Oct 25, 2013
Get over it.

Given the past history, we probably aren't spying on Germany enough.

We should double our efforts.
5 / 5 (2) Oct 25, 2013
Germany and Brazil are working on a UN General Assembly resolution aimed at highlighting international anger at US data snooping in other countries, diplomats said Friday.

Bizarrley this motion only got started after Merkel's phone was revealed to be tapped.
If oyu dial the 'way-back' machine to a week after Snowden's revelations. merkel said that the NSA affair was considered 'over' by her and her conservative party (and the liberals).
But now that it's HER phone and not just us regular schlobs that get evesdropped on she's all up in arms. What a hypocrite.
1 / 5 (9) Oct 25, 2013
Considering the rate at which APT1 China, and Red October, Putin-The Gay-Impaler, have been hacking German and European networks, I say let Germany go it alone. No, let the Communist chinese run your network security since they already own your networks Merkel. Germany has the crapper-load of botnets in Europe anyway and instead of upping security, they want to make their problems a UN Resolution and save their beloved budget, GO AHEAD.
She did this same crap in 2007 when Germany discovered INTENSE chinese hacking and infiltration of major German industries, she went ahead and met with her new pimp-China, and just smiled in their faces and did not raise a note or finger. Once the Chinese Own Bugatti, Porsche, and all the German Intellectual Property there is to be had, the only thing not made in China will be 'german' people.
America needs to learn, STOP helping people who hate you, stop saving people who WANT to die. The cyber war is a closed door conflict that can cause a war!

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