UN Report Cites Threats to Freedom of Expression

A top United Nations official on the freedom of expression released a report citing "severe" threats to freedom of expression worldwide. The report flagged governments cracking down on encryption, blocking websites, suspending communications services, and over-classifying information as key concerns. EPIC described the importance of strong encryption in an amicus brief earlier this year and regularly litigates Freedom of Information Act cases to improve transparency about government surveillance. A new EPIC publication — The Privacy Law Sourcebook 2016 — provides an overview of legal instruments for privacy protection, as well as information about privacy agencies, organizations, and publications.

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