This survey, by EPIC and Privacy International, reviews
the state of privacy in over fifty countries around the
world. The survey examines a wide range of privacy issues
including, data protection, telephone tapping, genetic
databases, ID systems and freedom of information laws.
The report finds that there is a worldwide recognition of
privacy as a fundamental human right. Many countries around
the world are enacting comprehensive data protection laws to
safeguard individual privacy increase.
However at the same time, privacy is increasingly being
undermined by technical advances and the demands of
intelligence and law enforcement agencies for increased
surveillance powers. There is a strong need for improved
oversight and stricter enforcement of current laws to ensure
that legal protections are not ignored as threats to
An online version of this report is
also available from Privacy International.