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In response to the NSA disclosures, senior German government officials are lobbying for expansion of the 1966 UN human rights treaty to cover modern forms of communication such as e-mail and social networks, the Associated Press reports. German foreign and justice ministers sent a letter—which was released more broadly on Wednesday—to their European Union counterparts last week: “We want to use the current debate to launch an initiative that would outline the inalienable privacy rights under current conditions.” The letter also suggests convening all 167 parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. German data protection authorities have also called for suspension of a key data-sharing agreement between the EU and U.S.
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