UN reminds the US that member states should respect its privacy

UN reminds the US that member states should respect its privacy

blogger-avatarby Mariella Moon | @mariella_moon | 20 Hours Ago
http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/18/un-response-nsa-att/

The United Nations is still looking into the report that the NSA snooped on its NYC headquarters for years with help from AT&T. But it wants to remind the US and other countries who may have plans of spying on the organization that it expects member states to respects its right to privacy. “The inviolability of the United Nations is well established under international law and we expect member states to act accordingly and to respect and protect that inviolability,” said spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci. She has also revealed that the US didn’t only spy on the organization if the reports are true, it also lied and broke its pledge not to snoop on the UN’s communication channels.

Turns out the country had given the UN “assurances as to the fact they are not and were not monitoring [its] communications” back in 2013. That was after news came out that the NSA gained access to the organization’s video conferencing system. Maestracci told Reuters that the UN is still thinking of how to respond to this recent revelation, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it stops taking member countries at their word.

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