Privacy and Human Rights An International Survey of Privacy Laws and Developments by The Staff of the Electronic Privacy Information Center
This annual report by EPIC and Privacy International reviews the state of privacy in over fifty-five countries around the world. It outlines legal protections for privacy, new challenges, and summarizes important issues and events relating to privacy and surveillance. It is the most comprehensive report on privacy and data protection ever published.
The 2003 edition of Privacy and Human Rights looks at the expansion of government surveillance authority. The report finds increased data sharing among government agencies, the use of anti-terrorism laws to suppress political dissent, and the growing use of new technologies of surveillance.
The report also notes public opposition to the Total Information Awareness program, video surveillance, and systems of biometric identification. The survey includes new reports on privacy in countries joining the European Union. Other new topics include genetic privacy, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), and the WHOIS database.