Privacy czars urge openness in online surveillance

Governments should be more open and accountable to the public about their online surveillance activities, according to a resolution released yesterday by privacy commissioners who attended the 35th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Warsaw.

The organization of privacy commissioners, of which Canada holds an observer status, also released a declaration on what it called the “appification of society” placing the responsibility for ensuring tech users’ privacy on the shoulders of application developers and operating systems providers.

In light of widespread public concern over government online surveillance, the group only mentioned it in one out of the eight resolutions it released.