This Friday, the U.N. Human Rights Council will hold a session to discuss the right to privacy in the digital age. The Council is considering these issues in the wake of a General Assembly Resolution adopted in December (which affirmed that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online) and a report by U.N. Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue on the protection of the right to privacy in the context of domestic and extraterritorial communications surveillance. That report offered some robust critiques of the ways in which states have conducted mass interception of internet and telephonic data and metadata, and in which they have used “national security exceptions” to allow expansive electronic surveillance.

Ashley S. Deeks, Regulating Foreign Surveillance through International Law, Lawfare (September 8, 2014).