Vienna, 27 November 2013 – "By adopting the new resolution on the protection of privacy, the international community of states has clearly demonstrated its determination to strengthen fundamental rights in the digital age", Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said when the resolution was adopted in the Human Rights Committee of the UN General Assembly today.
"The resolution specifies that unlawful and arbitrary surveillance of communication violates the right of privacy and the right of freedom of expression. We appreciate very much that this important initiative has been adopted by consensus", Spindelegger continued.
The resolution was introduced on the initiative of Germany and Brazil and supported by Austria as a co-sponsor. The resolution calls upon states to protect the fundamental right of privacy both online and offline and to take measures to prevent violation of this fundamental freedom. The next step will see a report about surveillance programmes of intelligence services and the protection of privacy that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is to submit to the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council in Geneva next autumn.Contact:Federal Ministry for European and International AffairsPress Department Tel.: +43 (0) 50 1150-3320Fax: +43 (0) 50 1159-213 abti3(at)bmeia.gv.atwww.mfa.at