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State Sponsored Cyber Surveillance

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State Sponsored Cyber Surveillance

The Right to Privacy of Communications and International Law

9781789900095 Edward Elgar Publishing
Eliza Watt, Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Middlesex University, London, UK
Publication Date: April 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 009 5 Extent: c 256 pp
This insightful book focuses on the application of mass surveillance, its impact upon existing international human rights and the challenge posed by mass surveillance. Through the judicious use of case studies State Sponsored Cyber Surveillance argues for the need to balance security requirements with the protection of fundamental rights.

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This insightful book focuses on the application of mass surveillance, its impact upon existing international human rights and the challenge posed by mass surveillance. Through the judicious use of case studies State Sponsored Cyber Surveillance argues for the need to balance security requirements with the protection of fundamental rights.

The author makes a case for the adoption of a multilateral cyber surveillance treaty, together with a review of whether online privacy has yet become a rule of customary international law. Chapters provide a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the right to privacy of communications under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights and the American Convention on Human Rights, as well as guiding the reader through the taxonomy of cyber intelligence operations. Eliza Watt also offers insightful studies of the differences between cyber espionage, cyber electoral interference and mass cyber surveillance.

This innovative, thought-provoking book will greatly assist legal practitioners, policymakers and government advisers within the fields of international law and privacy. Students and academics will also be provided with a focussed account and in-depth analysis of recent developments in the law around cyber.
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‘Dr. Eliza Watt’s timely book explores one of the most controversial problems of the information age: state sponsored cyber surveillance and how it affects the right to privacy. The book is extremely well researched and I have no doubt that it will quickly become a point of reference for anyone interested in the international law of cyber operations.’
– Marco Roscini, University of Westminster, UK

‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, proclaimed a right to privacy of correspondence at a time when the main concern was unauthorized opening of envelopes. Since its adoption, revolutionary developments in communication technology have been accompanied by unprecedented intrusion into private life, often justified by national security concerns. Eliza Watt provides the definitive study of the new challenges to the protection of human rights in this area, examining and analysing the issues under all branches of international law in this immensely readable book.’
– William A. Schabas, Leiden University, the Netherlands

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