The gradual erosion of our privacy

The gradual erosion of our privacy
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Article 12 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) states:

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Thanks to Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks and others, we are now acutely aware that everything we do and say on the Internet and via our telephones is being monitored. We are constantly under surveillance and the evidence that has surfaced over the recent years to that regard has been overwhelming. Our rights are gradually slipping away from our grasp, and we are complicit.

Privacy is not a privilege; it is a basic human right. There is no justification without due process for the invasion of a citizen’s privacy. No government or organisation is above the law of their own nation-state. If you have not committed any crime, no one has the right to invade your privacy, wherever you are in the world.

Take Action: Enforce your privacy rights

Citizens of the World must act now to reclaim privacy. We have not given our permission to be under surveillance, or monitored and tracked.

  • Use a VPN for all your on-line activities.
  • If you use BitTorrent or stream movies, use a VPN.
  • Browse the Internet with tools such as Tor.
  • Send all your correspondence encrypted.
  • Where possible, use disposable e-mail addresses.

We must irritate, we must fight, we must resist. We must do all that we can to defend this basic human right. And we must never, ever give up our rights and freedoms.

We will add more articles to this topic in the future. Stay safe. Stay private.

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