Writers Against Surveillance — a collective of 562 authors — have launched a petition calling for the ‘defence of civil liberties against surveillance by corporations and governments’. They identify ‘integrity of the individual’ as a precondition for democracy:
The basic pillar of democracy is the inviolable integrity of the individual. Human integrity extends beyond the physical body. In their thoughts and in their personal environments and communications, all humans have the right to remain unobserved and unmolested.