Security & privacy
PRESS RELEASE: Civil society coalition urges the US government to respect and promote the human rights of non-US persons
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.
Civil society coalition urges the US government to respect and promote the human rights of non-US persons
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When information about systematic surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) was leaked to the press, President Obama’s first response was to offer reassurance that “This does not apply to U.S.
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.
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.
For some time now there has been a need to update understandings of existing human rights law to reflect modern surveillance technologies and techniques.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IT Web, Johannesburg, South Africa
Civil society slams US citizen surveillance
26 June 2013