Security and privacy

New Canadian anti-terrorism law: The beginning of the end of the right to privacy?
New Canadian anti-terrorism law: The beginning of the end of the right to privacy? 11 May 2015

On 6 May 2015, the anti-terrorism Bill C-51 was passed by the Canadian Parliament. Launched after the attacks of October 2014 that cost the lives of four people (the attackers and two military personnel), the law grants additional powers to the Canadian spy agency, including conducting disruptive actions.For some observers, this new law is “a version of the US Patriot Act on steroids” and implements an approach of “total information awareness” which has a profound impact on Canadians...

The Privacy is in the Protocol: Why Civil Society Needs to Pay Attention to the IETF
The Privacy is in the Protocol: Why Civil Society Needs to Pay Attention to the IETF 27 April 2015

In the fourth installment of the FOC Working Group 1 (WG1) blog series, Mallory Knodel reflects on the link between cybersecurity and internet protocol engineering at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

South African Launch of the Global Information Society Watch report, 29 April 2015
South African Launch of the Global Information Society Watch report, 29 April 2015 24 April 2015

*/ The Association for Progressive Communications invites you to the launch of the Global Information Society Watch 2014 annual publication, focused on communication surveillance in the digital age. The report covers 57 countries including South Africa, in a chapter written by Professor Jane Duncan. The Global Information Society Watch is a space for collaborative monitoring of an inclusive in...

A genuine success for the Digital Security Tent during the 2015 World Social Forum in Tunis
A genuine success for the Digital Security Tent during the 2015 World Social Forum in Tunis 13 April 2015

During the World Social Forum (WSF) which took place in Tunis on 24-28 March, Alternatives and DSS 216, in collaboration with APC, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Access Now and the alternati

Who should be the new UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy? Here are our criteria
Who should be the new UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy? Here are our criteria 09 April 2015

APC, together with Privacy International, Access, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, Electronic Frontier Foundation and the International Commission of Jurists, have developed a checklist with qualifications we believe that candidates for the new position of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy should possess.

Criteria for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy
Criteria for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy 09 April 2015

APC, together with Privacy International, Access, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the International Commission of Jurists, have developed a checklist with qualifications we believe that candidates for the new position of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy should possess.

Call on the government of South Africa to support the creation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
Call on the government of South Africa to support the creation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 26 March 2015

This week the UN Human Rights Council is expected to consider establishing a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The South African government has a unique opportunity to support this initiative and ensure that the right to privacy is accorded the international recognition and protection it deserves.

APC welcomes decision to appoint Special Rapporteur on Privacy
APC welcomes decision to appoint Special Rapporteur on Privacy 26 March 2015

After sustained pressure from civil society organisations, and under the leadership of the governments of Brazil and Germany, the UN Human Rights Council established a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, on 26 March 2015.

Call on the government of South Africa to support the creation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
Call on the government of South Africa to support the creation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 24 March 2015

Call on the government of South Africa to support the creation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 23 March 2015 This week the UN Human Rights Council is expected to consider establishing a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. As a member of the Human Rights Council, and a state that has frequently provided positive leadership through its commitment to human rights, the So...

More than 90 NGOs call to establish a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the Human Rights Council’s 28th Session
More than 90 NGOs call to establish a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the Human Rights Council’s 28th Session 13 March 2015

We strongly recommend that the Council takes up this invitation and establishes a Special Rapporteur with a mandate to provide guidance and monitor the implementation of the right to privacy as enshrined in Article 12 of the UDHR and Article 17 of the ICCPR.