Estonian Blocked as UN's First Digital Privacy Investigator

The Estonian picked as the United Nation’s first digital privacy investigator was blocked on Friday by the German president of the UN Human Rights Council, after activist groups said she would not be a strong enough critic of US surveillance. Katrin Nyman-Metcalf was the candidate ranked first by a “consultative group” of five ambassadors – from Poland, Chile, Greece, Algeria and chaired by Saudi Arabia. But when it came to approving her appointment, Germany's Joachim Ruecker said he was overruling their choice and proposing the second-ranked candidate instead, Malta’s Joseph Cannataci. As the first person in the job, the investigator will be able to set the standard for the digital right to privacy, deciding how far to push governments that want to conduct surveillance for security reasons.



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