[coe.int] Thomas Hammarberg : « Counter-terrorism measures must not violate the right to privacy »

« In the war on terror, the notion of privacy has been altered” he continued. “General surveillance raises serious democratic problems which are not answered by the repeated assertion that those who have nothing to hide have nothing to fear. This puts the onus in the wrong place: It should be for States to justify the interferences they seek to make on privacy rights.»

http://www.coe.int/t/commissioner/news/2008/081204counterterrorism_EN.asp