Are governments’ efforts to monitor online activity violating human rights?
Recently the United Kingdom has been very harsh with the public’s use of internet, monitoring almost all internet activities. Dinah PoKempner, general counsel for Human Rights Watch, believes that governments are stepping on people’s rights to privacy as they attempt to limit the dangerous spread of messages of terrorism, revolution, pornography, or propaganda. “There is a large gap between human right laws and practices of the government, but this is most evident in the form of surveillance. Although people challenged surveillance in courts and legislatures, few countries reduced their surveillance powers and many instead legalized or expanded them in new laws.” PoKempner also states that “the more a policy or law limits rights for the many, the less likely it is the least intrusive means of protecting security.” According to the Mozilla Foundation’s Internet Health Report, more than half the countries in the world, including the United States, do not have any national laws regarding data protection rights. It’s not just web surfing that is putting your privacy at risk, hackers are also targeting new small tech products in order to get your information.