Human Rights Watch report: Surveillance is harming democracy

NSA headquarters, photographed by Trevor Paglen, via HRW.


NSA headquarters, photographed by Trevor Paglen, via HRW.

A new, 120-page report from Human Rights Watch "documents how national security journalists and lawyers are adopting elaborate steps or otherwise modifying their practices to keep communications, sources, and other confidential information secure in light of revelations of unprecedented US government surveillance of electronic communications and transactions."

HRW's report, produced in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union, is based on interviews with journalists, lawyers, and senior US government officials, and documents how government surveillance and secrecy "are undermining press freedom, the public’s right to information, and the right to counsel, all human rights essential to a healthy democracy."

You can read the full report here.

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