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Needed now: A global treaty to stop the spying

UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy, Joseph Cannataci, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and all UN member states:

Powerful governments are still working to weaken our privacy rights and collect data on all of us, all of the time. A global problem requires a global response: an international treaty, convention, or legal instrument to ensure our right to privacy, the right to free and secure communications, and the protection of whistleblowers who act in defense of privacy and democracy in our public policy.

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Two years ago I gave up everything I loved to reveal to the world the extent our governments are spying on us through our phones, emails and chats. They still are, but this week we finally have a chance to stop them, everywhere.

While the US, UK and spymasters across the world are working to ramp up systems that violate our privacy, the balance of power is starting to shift and we can take this fight global. The UN just created a new Privacy Chief with the power to set global standards and this week I'm supporting privacy activists launching an international treaty to protect us from illegal surveillance. This is our chance!

World leaders are gathering right now for the UN General Assembly. If enough people from every country in the world endorse the call for a global treaty, we'll have major momentum for the massive public launch in New York. We'll only win global protection if the whole world demands it. Sign up now and use Twitter Facebook and email to tell everyone you know.

- Edward Snowden

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