Security and privacy

APC welcomes appointment of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
APC welcomes appointment of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 17 July 2015

APC welcomes the appointment of Mr. Joseph Cannataci as the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, which was announced on 3 July. Cannataci’s appointment is a historic step to address the right to privacy at the global level.

APC welcomes appointment of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
APC welcomes appointment of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 17 July 2015

APC welcomes the appointment of Mr. Joseph Cannataci as the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, which was announced on 3 July. Cannataci’s appointment is a historic step to address the right to privacy at the global level.

The Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa would allow classification of user-generated content
The Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa would allow classification of user-generated content 15 July 2015

On 4 March 2015, the Film and Publication Board (FPB) gazetted the Draft Online Regulation Policy and opened it for public comment. In effect the policy would allow the FPB, at its discretion, to classify user-generated content on any online content platform.

Remarks from the Association for Progressive Communications on the Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa
Remarks from the Association for Progressive Communications on the Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa 15 July 2015

On 4 March 2015, the Film and Publication Board (FPB) gazetted the Draft Online Regulation Policy and opened it for public comment. In effect the policy would allow the FPB, at its discretion, to classify user-generated content on any online content platform.

ICANN's new proposal will endanger domain owners and impact those who come from marginalised communities
ICANN's new proposal will endanger domain owners and impact those who come from marginalised communities 10 July 2015

APC’s research shows that the reality of online abuse should be a serious concern for all those working on internet governance, development and access. Initiatives like ICANN’s new Domain Registration proposal are steps in the opposite direction.

Joint letter to ICANN: New proposal will endanger domain owners and impact marginalized communities
Joint letter to ICANN: New proposal will endanger domain owners and impact marginalized communities 09 July 2015

We are writing to you about the Initial Report on the Privacy & Proxy Services published on May 5th, which proposes requiring “commercial website” owners to display their address under their WHOIS data. We strongly recommend that the proposed policy not be adopted. We further recommend that ICANN revisit its own findings from 2013 and move toward making WHOIS privacy the default for eve...

The Right to Privacy in Lebanon - Stakeholder Report for the Universal Periodic Review 23rd Session
The Right to Privacy in Lebanon - Stakeholder Report for the Universal Periodic Review 23rd Session 27 June 2015

This stakeholder report is a submission by Privacy International, Social Media Exchange and the Association for Progressive Communications. Together PI, SMEX and APC wish to bring their concerns about the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in Lebanon before the Human Rights Council for consideration in Lebanon’s upcoming review.

HRC29: Encryption and anonymity are key for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity
HRC29: Encryption and anonymity are key for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity 17 June 2015

APC together with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the International Lesbian and Gay Association delivered a joint statement highlighting the importance of encryption and anonymity for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

HRC29: Joint statement by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the International Lesbian and Gay Association and the Association for Progressive Communications
HRC29: Joint statement by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the International Lesbian and Gay Association and the Association for Progressive Communications 17 June 2015

At the Human Rights Council, APC together with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the International Lesbian and Gay Association delivered a joint statement highlighting the importance of encryption and anonymity for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

APC supports civil society in Paraguay fighting mandatory data retention bill, #pyrawebs
APC supports civil society in Paraguay fighting mandatory data retention bill, #pyrawebs 04 June 2015

In our Internet Rights Charter, we are clear that the collection, use, disclosure and retention of data must comply with transparent privacy policies and that all people have the right to privacy and freedom from surveillance. To those ends, APC supports the active movement against data retention laws in Paraguay.