The National Security Agency (NSA) has formally recommended that the White House drop a phone surveillance program launched in the aftermath of 9/11 attacks in 2001. According to the Wall Street Journal, this recommendation is justified by the logistical and legal burden this program created. Until now, the White House has not made its final decision to push for a legislation to renew this surveillance program.
Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.