In response to growing concern about the scope of electronic surveillance, the U.N. General Assembly is considering a resolution affirming that privacy is a fundamental right. Civil society organizations have long urged international organizations to update and strengthen global frameworks for privacy protection. The UN resolution now under consideration is a response to reports that the United States conducted surveillance of many foreign leaders, including Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Brazil and Germany are leading the effort at the United Nations on the privacy resolution. The European Parliament is pursuing an investigation of the "Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens." And the United States Congress is considering legislation, such as the USA FREEDOM Act, to reign in surveillance activities. For more information, see Public Voice - The Madrid Declaration.
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