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United Nations worries about digital surveillance violating our human rights

While you continue to scroll through your social media feed and pay for everything by card, a new UN report calls the current state of digital surveillance practices "profoundly alarming".

Published ahead of the upcoming United Nation Human Rights Council, the report is stressing how digital surveillance increasingly threatens the human right to privacy – recognised in article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The report notes how widespread surveillance efforts are incompatible with international human rights law. And how seemingly legitimate surveillance can quickly become harmful since it is often possible to repurpose the underlying infrastructure in ways it was not intended initially (so-called "function creep") or following changes in the political landscape.

While digital technology brings immense opportunities to societies, the report communicates a "very real and encroaching risk of creating systems of pervasive surveillance and control that may eventually choke the development of vibrant, prosperous and prosperous and rights-respecting societies."

Also, looking at the extent of the threat, the Human Rights Council is concerned about the limited conversation about digital surveillance's impact on our daily lives. We seem to have some issues with threats to humankind when we cannot see them, don't we?

Take a look at the full report here.