Security and privacy

IGF cybersecurity fail: website leaks personal data with aid of participants
IGF cybersecurity fail: website leaks personal data with aid of participants 24 October 2013

by Alex Comninos, 25 October 2013 When registering for the IGF, you may very well have exposed your personal data, including full name, ID/passport number to criminals, spies, intelligence agencies and dragnet surveillance programmes.

Activists share best practices in cybersecurity at the 2013 Internet Governance Forum
Activists share best practices in cybersecurity at the 2013 Internet Governance Forum 17 October 2013

We see from the headlines that the security of digital networks and information is becoming increasingly important. To shed light on the practical steps that members of civil society can take to protect themselves and their activism, APC and Tactical Tech are hosting a peer-learning session called a “Disco-tech” on the night before the global IGF in Bali, 21 October 2013.

Zimbabwe: New SIM registration database law represses twin rights to privacy and expression
Zimbabwe: New SIM registration database law represses twin rights to privacy and expression 03 October 2013

The Zimbabwean government extended its reach into the private lives of its citizens this week by promulgating a new law establishing a central database of information about all mobile telephone users in the country.

Reflecting on the Human Rights Council as a space to halt mass surveillance
Reflecting on the Human Rights Council as a space to halt mass surveillance 03 October 2013

Last Friday the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council came to a close in Geneva.

NGOs at the Human Rights Council: Apply human rights law to state surveillance
NGOs at the Human Rights Council: Apply human rights law to state surveillance 20 September 2013

Civil society organisations today called upon the members of the Human Rights Council (HRC) to assess whether national surveillance laws and activities are in line with their international human rights obligations.

Civil Society Statement read by APC to the Human Rights Council on Canada UPR report
Civil Society Statement read by APC to the Human Rights Council on Canada UPR report 19 September 2013

Agenda Item 6:/Consideration of UPR reports/Canada Speaker: Shawna Finnegan Thank you Mr. President, The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes Canada’s acceptance of recommendations to expand measures to address violence against Indigenous women and girls, and ensure access to justice, improving the response of law enforcement and justice systems. [1] Despite systemic viole...

Civil Society Statement read by APC to the Human Rights Council on human rights principles applicable to communications surveillance
Civil Society Statement read by APC to the Human Rights Council on human rights principles applicable to communications surveillance 19 September 2013

Civil Society Statement read by the Association for Progressive Communications to the Human Rights Council on human rights principles applicable to communications surveillance Agenda item 4:/General Debate/ Speaker: Shawna Finnegan Thank you Madame Vice President. I speak on behalf of several civil society organizations from around the world [1] to express grave concerns about new threats to d...

HRC 24: Joint Statement by NGOs in the Republic of Korea on intelligence agencies’ internet surveillance
HRC 24: Joint Statement by NGOs in the Republic of Korea on intelligence agencies’ internet surveillance 16 September 2013

Jinbonet, APC member in South Korea, submitted a written statement to the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, together with other NGOs from South Korea.

APC at the 24th Human Rights Council
APC at the 24th Human Rights Council 13 September 2013

Against the backdrop of the recent Snowden revelations, APC and other civil society organisations are participating the 24th session of the HRC, which is taking place from 9-27 September 2013 in Geneva.

Human Rights Council: Launch of international principles on human rights and surveillance
Human Rights Council: Launch of international principles on human rights and surveillance 12 September 2013

The event, co-organised by APC, will take place on Friday in Geneva. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, will provide some introductory remarks.