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“Privacy is not merely instrumental to the achievement of other goals but is a basic human right that applies to all persons in virtue of their status as human beings. It is not possible to overstate just how fundamental privacy is in a civilised legal system.”
- 1998 Report on Privacy, Surveillance and the Interception of Telecommunications