Wien/Genf, 10. September 2013 Press release

Spindelegger: "Protection of the private sphere also applies in the Internet age"

The UN Human Rights Council should deal with the data monitoring issue

Vienna/Geneva, 10 September 2013 – "Excessive data monitoring in the Internet and the systematic collection of communication data without specific grounds for suspicion infringe against the human right of a protected private sphere", Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said today at the start of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Councils in Geneva.

Austria specifically referred to the protection of the private sphere in the digital age during the general debate: "Practices of this kind are not only contrary to data protection legislation, but they also undermine the rule of law and democracy", Spindelegger continued.

"We shall be making a joint declaration in the Human Rights Council together with our neighbours Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Hungary and also with other states over the next few days with the aim of making the protection of the private sphere a reality in the face of the new technical possibilities that have opened up.  We must find answers to the question of how legitimate security interests and the protection of human rights in the digital age can be brought into harmony once more", the Vice-Chancellor concluded.

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The UN Human Rights Council should deal with the data monitoring issue

Vienna/Geneva, 10 September 2013 – "Excessive data monitoring in the Internet and the systematic collection of communication data without specific grounds for suspicion infringe against the human right of a protected private sphere", Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said today at the start of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Councils in Geneva.

Austria specifically referred to the protection of the private sphere in the digital age during the general debate: "Practices of this kind are not only contrary to data protection legislation, but they also undermine the rule of law and democracy", Spindelegger continued.

"We shall be making a joint declaration in the Human Rights Council together with our neighbours Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Hungary and also with other states over the next few days with the aim of making the protection of the private sphere a reality in the face of the new technical possibilities that have opened up.  We must find answers to the question of how legitimate security interests and the protection of human rights in the digital age can be brought into harmony once more", the Vice-Chancellor concluded.

Contact:
Federal Ministry for
European and International Affairs
Press Department
Tel.: +43 (0) 50 1150-3320
Fax: +43 (0) 50 1159-213
abti3(at)bmeia.gv.at
www.mfa.at