Fight Against Terror Should Not Trump Privacy Rights – Human Rights Commissioner – 8 December 2014

RT logoNational security concerns, including the fight against global terror, don’t justify US and UK intelligence services’ clandestine and indiscriminate mass surveillance programs, the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe has warned.

In a pointed challenge to Britain and America, the Council’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, called for increased transparency and more robust democratic oversight of intelligence agencies’ surveillance techniques.

He also demanded the terms of ‘Five Eyes’ – a cross-border intelligence-sharing pact between Britain, America, Australia, New Zealand and Canada – be published promptly.

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