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.
The 2002 edition of Privacy and Human Rights examines the impact
of government proposals after September 11, 2001 on privacy and
civil liberties. The report documents many new anti-terrorism and
security measures and identifies key trends including increased
communications surveillance, weakening of data protection regimes,
and increased profiling and identification of individuals.
The 2002 Privacy and Human Rights report finds that laws to protect
privacy in the workplace are gaining more support and that efforts
to pass new data protection laws are continuing in Eastern Europe,
Asia and Latin America. Important debates are also taking place
around the world concerning the future of new technologies for identification