This annual report by EPIC and Privacy International reviews the
state of privacy in over fifty-five countries around the world. It
outlines legal protections for privacy, new challenges, and summarizes
important issues and events relating to privacy and surveillance. It
is the most comprehensive report on privacy and data protection
The 2003 edition of Privacy and Human Rights looks at the expansion
of government surveillance authority. The report finds increased
data sharing among government agencies, the use of anti-terrorism
laws to suppress political dissent, and the growing use of new
technologies of surveillance.
The report also notes public opposition to the Total Information
Awareness program, video surveillance, and systems of biometric
identification. The survey includes new reports on privacy
in countries joining the European Union. Other new topics
include genetic privacy, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID),
and the WHOIS database.