After a rather scathing revelation about the Americans spying on their German allies, it has become evident that the relations between these two countries have become precarious.
In a twist of events, Germany and Brazil have made changes to a United Nations draft agreement on the issue of state surveillance, with the two countries asking for special protection against what they termed spying on their channels of communication and personal data.
This ushers a new version of anti-surveillance resolutions and pacts which came into place last year and was endorsed by the UN in the wake of the Edward Snowden saga. It became clear that some states were collecting and sieving metadata for the prime reasons of spying on them.
The draft resolution was submitted to the member states of the United Nations. It comprises of 193 states.
It clearly states that the acts of spying violates the dire need for privacy and interferes with the fundamental freedom of expression. These events were sparked by the blatant discovery of spying on the current German Chancellor Angela Merkel and also the predecessor Gerhard Schroeder. More will be ascertained soon.
Voting for or against the draft will take place at the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee. If accepted, it will be tabled as a United Nations Resolution in December.