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Internationale Kampagne gegen die Massenüberwachung
Aufruf der Internationalen Kampagne gegen die massenhafte Überwachung (International Campaign Against Mass Surveillance – ICAMS)
Neue Sicherheitsparadigmen und Antiterrormaßnahmen führen zu
weltweiten Zunahme von Kontrolle, Überwachung und Registrierung aller
möglichen Daten nicht nur im klassischen Polizeirecht. Die Kampagne
wendet sich gegen die grassierende Erhebungen, Speicherung,Verwendung
und Weiterleitung privater Daten, die zu einer Auflösung bürgerlicher
Freiheiten führt. Die Kampagne fordert die Regierungen der Länder auf,
der Datensammelwut der Antiterrorkämpfer zu widerstehen.
Gezeichnet wurde der Aufruf von den bedeutenden Bürgerrechtsorganisationen
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Focus on the Global South
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
- International Cicil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)
International Campaign Against Mass Surveillance (ICAMS)
Global security and the “war on terror” now dominate the global
political agenda. Driven largely by the United States, a growing web
of anti-terrorism and security measures are being adopted by
nations around the world. This new “security” paradigm is being
used to roll back freedom and increase police powers in order to
exercise increasing control over individuals and populations.
Within this context, governments have begun to construct, through
numerous initiatives, what amounts to a global registration and
surveillance infrastructure. This infrastructure would ensure that
populations around the world are registered, that travel is tracked
globally, that electronic communications and transactions can be
easily monitored, and that all the information that is collected in
public and private databases about individuals is stored, linked,
data-mined, and made available to state security agents.
The object of the infrastructure is not ordinary police work, but
mass surveillance of entire populations. In its technological capacity
and global reach, it is an unprecedented project of social control.
Already, the United States and other countries are aggressively
using information gathered and shared through this infrastructure to
crack down on dissent, close borders to refugees and activists, and
seize and detain people without reasonable grounds.
And, all of this is taking place at a time when the U.S. and its
allies are maintaining a system of secret and extraterritorial prisons
around the world, in which unknown numbers of prisoners are
facing indefinite, arbitrary detention and torture.
The current situation reaches beyond the issue of privacy as it is
often encountered in everyday life. What we are confronting are
intrusions that reach to the very nature of the relationship between
the individual and the state. Basic justice and human rights are at
stake, and this will affect us all.
Governments around the world must abandon the intrusive and
discriminatory measures inherent in the practice of mass
registration and surveillance, and put the genuine protection and
development of citizens – in the fullest sense, including the
protection of our rights – at the centre of any approach to
• All data collection, storage, use, analysis, data mining and
sharing practices that erode or are contrary to existing data
protection, privacy and other human rights laws and
standards must stop immediately. Governments must resist
efforts by the United States and other countries to pressure
them into weakening their existing privacy standards.
• Mechanisms must be put in place to allow individuals to
correct personal data and challenge misuse (including
placement on a “watch list”).
• International transfers of personal data between states should
occur only within the context of formal agreements and under
internationally recognized data-protection principles.
• Governments must stop the wholesale, indiscriminate
collection and retention of information on citizens, including
the acquisition of databanks from private companies.
• Governments must halt implementation of a universal
biometric passport and the creation of “sharing standards” for
passenger name record (PNR) information until the issue has
been openly debated at the national level and privacy and
other human rights protections are established.
Inter-governmental bodies must commit to operating with greater
openness and accountability. They must not become a means of
circumventing civil liberties and democratic processes at the
national level. Any initiatives must respect existing data protection,privacy and other human rights laws and standards.
The United Nations – particularly the Office of the High Commission
for Human Rights – must use all available mechanisms for the
protection and promotion of human rights to urgently address the
threat posed by the development of the global surveillance
We invite individuals and organizations around the world to endorse
this Declaration, and to circulate it as widely as possible. Your
voiceis needed to strengthen the International Campaign Against Mass
For more information and analysis about these issues, please visit
our web site http://www.i-cams.org
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Focus on the Global South
Friends Committee on National Legislation
International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)