France welcomes the adoption, by consensus, by the UN General Assembly on November 26, 2013, of the resolution affirming “the right to privacy in the digital age.”
While the scale of the monitoring of communications has prompted concern among our fellow citizens, this resolution proposed by Brazil and Germany with the active support of France – which co-sponsored the resolution – reaffirms the need for states to ensure that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his/her privacy, family, home or correspondence. France is attached to ensuring that these rights, which are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are also protected offline and online, in the digital communication context.
On this occasion, France reaffirms the great importance it attaches to the involvement of all Europeans in the efforts to ensure the adoption of the texts proposed in 2012 by the Commission aimed at improving the legal framework for data protection in the EU. For France, this represents a major reform, which should make it possible to guarantee a high degree of personal data protection. At the European Council on October 24 and 25, 2013, President Hollande called for the swift adoption of this new European legislation.