International Coalition warns of global mass surveillance

FIPA has joined with 83 other Civil liberties groups in the “International Campaign against Mass Surveillance”. The campaign is calling on countries around the globe to rein in the growing number of “intrusive and discriminatory measures” that profile, monitor and track individuals in the name of fighting terrorism.

Citizens and groups around the world are being asked to endorse a declaration that mass surveillance is not the solution to terrorism.

Driven largely by the United States, countries are aggressively using information gathered and shared through electronic systems to crack down on dissent, close borders to refugees and activists, and seize and detain people without reasonable grounds, the ad-hoc coalition says.

“The object of the infrastructure is not ordinary police work, but mass surveillance of entire populations,” says a declaration issued by campaign members. “In its technological capacity and global reach, it is an unprecedented project of social control.”

The campaign is spearheaded by groups including the Ottawa-based International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, the American Civil Liberties Union and Statewatch, based in Europe.

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