Security and privacy

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 application of human rights to communications surveillance, and makes specific recommendations to the HRC.

PRESS RELEASE: Civil society coalition urges the US government to respect and promote the human rights of non-US persons
PRESS RELEASE: Civil society coalition urges the US government to respect and promote the human rights of non-US persons 29 August 2013

APC and other civil society organisations that are part of the Best Bits coalition have submitted a comment to the US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, to denounce the different treatment that the United States gives to non-U.S. persons, who are excluded from existing protections against surveillance targeting.

Surveillance in the US: Stop discrimination against non-US persons
Surveillance in the US: Stop discrimination against non-US persons 31 July 2013

APC and other civil society organisations are concerned about the different treatment that the United States gives to non-U.S. persons, who are excluded from existing protections against surveillance targeting. Join them and sign the petition.

Necessary and proportionate: Civil society agrees on principles on surveillance and human rights
Necessary and proportionate: Civil society agrees on principles on surveillance and human rights 31 July 2013

This week, in collaboration with more than 100 non-governmental and civil society groups from around the world, APC has signed on to support the launch of a set of international principles on communications surveillance and human rights.

More than a hundred global groups make a principled stand against surveillance
More than a hundred global groups make a principled stand against surveillance 31 July 2013

For some time now there has been a need to update understandings of existing human rights law to reflect modern surveillance technologies and techniques.

New WikiLeaks doco begs the question: should the public know state secrets
New WikiLeaks doco begs the question: should the public know state secrets 30 July 2013

I would expect most people leaving the cinema after watching the recently-released documentary, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, would plunge into debate over a raft of flow-on topics, such as is Julian Assange a crusader for civilian empowerment and government/corporate accountability or a cheeky, power-hungry hacker hell bent on anarchy and achieving hero-status.

Jordan, “Silicon Wadi,” censors 304 websites under new media law
Jordan, “Silicon Wadi,” censors 304 websites under new media law 24 July 2013

Jordanians speak up and take action against the government’s attempts to regulate and licence online “news websites”. Internet freedom activists have stressed the law’s restriction on freedom of expression and have called the licencing scheme that the law proposes obsolete and undemocratic.

We need public debate, not a secret tribunal, on covert British surveillance
We need public debate, not a secret tribunal, on covert British surveillance 08 July 2013

Privacy International’s Carly Nyst talks about PI’s legal action against the British government for co-operating with the US’ NSA/Prism programme and the Orwellian Investigatory Powers Tribunal, an opaque layer of the British legal system.

Time to reveal NSA's spying: Jinbonet calls South Korean government to take action
Time to reveal NSA's spying: Jinbonet calls South Korean government to take action 08 July 2013

On 30 June Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed that the NSA has tapped 38 embassies and missions in Washington, D.C. including the South Korean Embassy. The government of South Korean needs to take action on behalf of its citizens, who are among the victims of this global scandal. Jinbonet has translated into English its call to action on behalf of civil society in South Korea.

Submission to UN Secretary-General on reprisals and intimidation against human rights defenders
Submission to UN Secretary-General on reprisals and intimidation against human rights defenders 17 June 2013

The internet is having a significant impact on the risks faced by human rights defenders, including reprisals. Human rights defenders’ private or anonymous online communication is increasingly subject to state surveillance, while threats and intimidation often manifest in online spaces. This submission to the annual report of the UN Secretary-General considers the role of the internet in...