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Independent UK review calls for legislation using Global Commission recommendations on digital privacy and security

Waterloo, CanadaJuly 14, 2015Key elements from the Global Commission on Internet Governance’s call for a new global social compact on digital privacy and security have been presented to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, through a new report by the Independent Surveillance Review.

The Independent Surveillance Review was undertaken by the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), an independent think tank, at the request of the then UK Deputy Prime Minister, partly as a response to the disclosures made by Edward Snowden in 2013. The 12-person Review, with two members from the Global Commission on Internet Governance (Sir David Omand and Dame Wendy Hall), released A Democratic Licence to Operate, which shows how a democracy can combine the high level of security the public have a right to expect while also ensuring the respect for privacy and freedom of speech that are the foundations of a democracy.

“The UK Independent Surveillance Review and its report are important contributions and a model example of a new way forward on how governments respect digital privacy and security,” says Carl Bildt, Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and former prime minister of Sweden. “It is increasingly paramount for governments around the world, collaborating with all other stakeholders, to reconsider how they conduct online surveillance in order to restore global trust and enhance confidence in the Internet.”

In the report presented today to Prime Minister Cameron, the Review cites the Global Commission on Internet Governance’s April 2015 statement Toward a Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security, which advocates for the global community to build a new social compact between citizens and their elected representatives, the judiciary, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, business, civil society and the Internet technical community, with the goal of restoring trust and enhancing confidence in the Internet.

To read the Global Commission on Internet Governance’s Toward a Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security, please visit: www.ourinternet.org/social-compact.

To read the Independent Surveillance Review’s RUSI report A Democratic Licence to Operate, please visit: https://www.rusi.org/news/ref:N55A40513857F8/#.VaU1hvlVhBf.

The GCIG is a two-year initiative launched by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House. With twenty-nine commissioners and thirty-eight research advisers, the GCIG will produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance. For more information on the GCIG, please visit: www.ourinternet.org. Follow the Commission on Twitter @OurInternetGCIG.

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.
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