[NetBehaviour] The 2007 International Privacy Ranking.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Jan 5 01:53:41 CET 2008

The 2007 International Privacy Ranking.

State of Privacy Map.

Each year since 1997, the US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center 
and the UK-based Privacy International have undertaken what has now 
become the most comprehensive survey of global privacy ever published. 
The Privacy & Human Rights Report surveys developments in 70 countries, 
assessing the state of surveillance and privacy protection.

The most recent report published in 2007, available at 
http://www.privacyinternational.org/phr and may be purchased in book 
form through EPIC's website, is probably the most comprehensive single 
volume report published in the human rights field. The report runs over 
1,100 pages and includes 6,000 footnotes. More than 200 experts from 
around the world have provided materials and commentary. The 
participants range from eminent privacy scholars to high-level officials 
charged with safeguarding constitutional freedoms in their countries. 
Academics, human rights advocates, journalists and researchers provided 
reports, insight, documents and advice. In 2006 Privacy International 
took the decision to use this annual report as the basis for a ranking 
assessment of the state of privacy in all EU countries together with 
eleven non-EU benchmark countries (click here for the 2006 results). 
Funding for the project was provided by the Open Society Institute (OSI) 
and the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. Follow this link for more details 
of last year's results.

The new 2007 global rankings extend the survey to 47 countries (from the 
original 37) and, for the first time, provide an opportunity to assess 


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