Security & privacy

Survey to assess privacy concerns across the globe

MONTREAL 21 May 2015 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

Tokyo-based APC member Japan Computer Access for Empowerment (JCAFE) has launched a global survey on personal data and surveillance. Survey responses may explain how and why awareness of privacy and surveillance vary across countries.

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

MONTREAL 11 May 2015 (Stéphane Couture for APCNouvelles)

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’ rights to privacy.

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


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

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Apr 29 2015


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


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

9 April 2015 (APC for APCNews)

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.

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Criteria for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy

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APC welcomes decision to appoint Special Rapporteur on Privacy

26 March 2015 (APC for APCNews)

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.

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

26 March 2015 (APC for APCNews)

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.

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