EPIC has joined a coalition of civil society groups in support of the Washington Statement - a declaration in support of strong international standards for privacy protection. The Washington Statement was released in conjunction with the annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference held in Washington, DC. The conference brought together activists and representatives of government, civil society, and academia. The Statement provides, "privacy is a basic human right set out in Articles 17 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." The signers call on US policymakers to end unlawful surveillance of Internet communications, and urge EU policymakers to move forward with an updated legal framework for data protection. For more information, see Madrid Privacy Declaration and EPIC: the Public Voice.