HomeArticlesIs government surveillance a breach of human rights? (“Have You Got That Right?” Ep. 3)
Is government surveillance a breach of human rights? (“Have You Got That Right?” Ep. 3)
August 22, 2019
Like any Mum I worry about the threat of
terrorism, criminal activity and civil disobedience. Which is why I find peace of mind in the government’s new Total Watch initiative To make sure that your kept out of harm’s way authorized government employees are questioning your neighbours, reading your emails, bugging your home. and the best bit… it’s completely free. No commitment, no payment. The program
simply uses funds collected by your taxes Who needs Twitter followers when the governments following your every move Thanks to the fast working active agents at Total Watch the government have these criminals under control. All day, everyday, serious security threats like terrorism are being prevented. I can be sure that my kids will grow up in a safe and obedient neighborhood. Total Watch, if you don’t like it, then you’ve got something to hide We don’t have ads like that…yet. But there is an extraordinary level of mass surveillance in the world. So how does this all fit with our human right to privacy? Like real-life surveillance, such as the NSA in the United States, Total Watch justifies its program by saying it keeps us safe and sure, everyone wants to be safe. And there is a human right to security of the person. The right to privacy can be limited, any interference with privacy by the government must be authorized by law and must be proportionate. That means it must be reasonably necessary to achieve a legitimate aim. For example the targeted surveillance of someone reasonably suspected of terrorism or another serious crime would be ok. But the mass indiscriminate surveillance and the scooping up of data, that goes too far. Programs like Total Watch are breach of the right to Privacy.