[IRP] Civil Society Groups and Privacy Expertes Release Madrid Declaration

Katitza Rodriguez katitza
Thu Nov 5 01:18:15 EET 2009

Civil Society Groups and Privacy Experts Release Madrid Declaration,  
Reaffirm International Privacy Laws, Identify New Challenges and Call  
for Concrete Action to Safeguard Privacy
By Liason on November 3, 2009 12:49 PM | Permalink
In a crisply worded declaration, over 100 civil society organizations  
and privacy experts from more than 40 countries have set out an  
expansive statement on the future of privacy. The Madrid Declaration  
affirms that privacy is a fundamental human right and reminds "all  
countries of their obligations to safeguard the civil rights of their  
citizens and residents." The Madrid Declaration warns that "privacy  
law and privacy institutions have failed to take full account of new  
surveillance practices." The Declaration urges countries "that have  
not yet established a comprehensive framework for privacy protection  
and an independent data protection authority to do so as expeditiously  
as possible." The civil society groups and experts recommend a  
"moratorium on the development or implementation of new systems of  
mass surveillance." Finally, the Declaration calls for the  
"establishment of a new international framework for privacy  
protection, with the full participation of civil society, that is  
based on the rule of law, respect for fundamental human rights, and  
support for democratic institutions." The Madrid Declaration was  
released at the Public Voice conference in Madrid on Global Privacy  
Standards. Multiple translations of the Declaration are available.

Please send your signature at privacy @ datos-personales.org

If you want to help with some translations, pls. send an email to  
privacy @ datos-personales.org

We are recruiting signatures until January 28, International Privacy  


Madrid mailing list
Madrid at mailman.thepublicvoice.org

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