Brazil, Germany debut UN web privacy resolution

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New York:  Brazil and Germany are presenting a resolution to the UN General Assembly urging all countries to extend internationally guaranteed privacy rights to the Internet and other electronic communications.

The proposed resolution follows a series of reports of US eavesdropping on foreign leaders, including Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that have angered US allies.

The ambassadors of Germany and Brazil are publicly introducing their jointly sponsored resolution on Thuesday to the General Assembly committee that deals with human rights.

Their draft resolution says that rapid technological developments are enhancing the capacity "for surveillance, interception and data collection, which may violate human rights."

General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but they do reflect world opinion and carry moral and political weight.

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