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2015 Wiretap Report: No wiretap denied, encryption rarely encountered

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The United Nations Humans Rights Council regards internet access as a basic human right, having passed a non-binding resolution (pdf) condemning countries which intentionally take away citizen’s internet access.

Although more than 70 countries committed to addressing “security concerns on the internet in accordance with their obligations to protect freedom of expression, privacy and other human rights online,” 17 countries wanted an amendment added that would strike freedom of expression from the resolution. Those 17 countries were Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burundi, China, Cuba, Congo, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

At the end of the day, the resolution is just a non-binding piece of paper and some countries will continue to censor access to certain sites. Private Internet Access pointed out that it remains to be seen which countries will actually pass laws “to guarantee...(continued)

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