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A lack of global understanding on limiting government surveillance of personal data is the greatest threat to privacy rights, the chief of privacy policy for the United Nations said.

Companies “should be out there lobbying” for oversight frameworks that ensure “only the right kind of people carry out the right kind of surveillance,” United National Special Rapporteur on Privacy Joe Cannataci said in an interview at a privacy conference in Hong Kong organised by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Clearer surveillance limits help companies by providing more privacy certainty to their customers, he said. It is in companies’ best interests to ensure that laws are “amply clear on this point.”

By Stephen Gardner. Read the article in full at Bloomberg BNA.

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