Brazil seeks UN move vs. electronic surveillance

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Associated Press

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Brazil says it is working with other countries to draft a U.N. General Assembly resolution that would guarantee people's privacy in electronic communications. That follows a series of reports of alleged U.S. eavesdropping on foreign leaders and others that has surprised and angered allies.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has been especially outspoken, taking the rare step of canceling a state visit to Washington and condemning the United States in a speech to the world body in September.

U.N. diplomats say the draft resolution would expand the right to privacy guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which went into force in 1976.

The resolution would be nonbinding, but it would be seen as another expression of disapproval of the alleged U.S. spying.

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