This annual report by EPIC and Privacy International reviews the state
of privacy in over fifty countries around the world. It outlines legal
protections for privacy, new challenges, and summarizes important issues
and events relating to privacy and surveillance.
Updated and expanded for 2001, the report includes new sections on genetic
privacy, location tracking, authentication and identification requirements,
electronic numbering, corporate sharing of information with governments,
and the privacy implications of digital rights management schemes.
The report finds that many countries are moving to enact laws to guarantee
freedom from government and corporate surveillance and intrusion. However,
technological developments, law enforcement demands, and business efforts
to exploit personal information continue to pose new threats to privacy
and anonymity in today's society.