US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and UK-based Privacy International released Privacy and Human Rights 2003: An International Survey of Privacy Laws and Developments.
Among the themes addressed in the comprehensive report:
- Increased data sharing activities among, law enforcement, and national security and intelligence agencies
- Function creep in action: several new laws, originally passed for anti-terrorism purposes, have extended their scope
- The growing use of new technologies of surveillance
- Successful opposition and advocacy by civil liberties groups and NGOs
- Developments in genetic, medical privacy and workplace privacy
- New data protection laws and data protection authorities
- Action of international governmental organizations
The study goes in to detail about specific threats to privacy.
The study includes profiles of privacy laws in 56 countries, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom