Security and privacy

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 violence a...

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 de...

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.

Lavabit shuts up shop to avoid ‘big brother’ encroachments
Lavabit shuts up shop to avoid ‘big brother’ encroachments 05 September 2013

Some email providers and other internet intermediaries have opted to shut down operations before “big brother’’ interferences gather more momentum.

Joint statement on surveillance at the UN Human Rights Council’s 24th session
Joint statement on surveillance at the UN Human Rights Council’s 24th session 04 September 2013

APC, together with Access, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Privacy International have submitted a written statement to the UN Human Rights Council’s 24th session. The statement highlights the need to bring surveillance practices in line with international human rights norms, in a manner consistent with the International principles on the applicat...