General Assembly Resolution # 58
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
The World Assembly,
BELIEVING that privacy and the right to withhold secrets and information is an inelliable right endowed to all human beings
ASSERTING that privacy is a right that must be defended from those who would violate it
CONCERNED that there are countries and organizations which refuse to respect the peoples basic right to privacy
CONVINCED that such violations of this basic right endanger both democracy and freedom in equal measure
1. DEFINES 'privacy' as the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves or information about themselves and thereby reveal themselves selectively
2. ESTABLISHES that there are several different types of privacy, including:
(A) Physical Privacy: the right to prevent intrusions into ones property and personal articles
(B) Informational Privacy: the right to withhold information about oneself, including a persons race, sex, religious and sexual orientation, etc.
(C) Organizational Privacy: the right of governments or other organizations to withhold information regarding their activities and dealings in relation to other organizations and individuals
3. FORBIDS trespassing within the property of another person without the consent of that person unless authorized by the clauses contained in Section 5
4. OUTLAWS the use of espionage or covert surveillance programs performed without the knowledge of the citizens with the intent of monitoring citizens or acquiring their personal information unless authorized by law; also outlaws invasive searching of citizens by law enforcement without reasonable cause for suspicion.
5. CONDONES limited infringements of personal privacy in the interest of serving the law under the following circumstances:
(A)The official researching the case has filed to the appropriate authorities for a warrant permitting him the right to violate the liberties in question
(B)The official appointed to acquire the information is limited to investigate only within areas and topics which are likely to contain the necessary evidence
(C)The persons(s) related to the acts are given the right to object, with the legality of the objection to be subject to the decision of a qualified judge
6. URGES that member states implement programs to protect the right to privacy of persons who have been involved in high-profile crimes
7. SUGGESTS that member states include lessons on the important of privacy in the curriculum of their schools
8. ALLOWS member states to pass laws demanding that corporations or other business organizations reveal information related to financial performance and formal transactions in the interest of transparency and free competition