UN committee approves digital privacy resolution

November 25, 2014 GMT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee has approved a resolution demanding better digital privacy protections for people around the world, another echo of Edward Snowden’s revelations about U.S. government spying.

Tuesday’s approval by consensus of the resolution drafted by Germany and Brazil reflects alarm at the extent of surveillance revealed by the former National Security Agency contractor last year.

Sixty-five countries co-sponsored this year’s resolution, up by 10 from last year.

This year’s resolution also emphasizes the role of the private sector in digital surveillance, saying, “business enterprises have a responsibility to respect human rights.”

Germany’s ambassador called for the U.N. to create a special investigator post on the issue, warning that “without necessary checks, we risk turning into Orwellian states where every step by every citizen is monitored.”