Tuesday, February 19, 2008

States as voyeurs

The US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center and the UK-based Privacy International published online (hardcopy can be purchased) in late December 2007 their annual comprehensive survey of global privacy of 70 countries' state of surveillance and privacy protection policies and practices. The 2007 Privacy & Human Rights Report is very disturbing in that powerful countries such as the United States, Russia, China, Australia, and several European countries have either a state of "endemic surveillance" or have "systemic failure to uphold safeguards."

The Philippines ranked better than the United States, but is one of several states with "extensive surveillance". See map below.

figure from Privacy International website

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