Electronic Frontier Foundation

Open letter to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime
Open letter to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime 09 February 2024 Various

Organisations spanning civil society, industry and the technical community, including APC, urge governments to consider withholding support for the draft UN cybercrime treaty in its current incarnation. If adopted without major changes, this treaty's risks far outweigh its potential benefits.

Joint statement on the proposed cybercrime treaty ahead of the concluding session
Joint statement on the proposed cybercrime treaty ahead of the concluding session 23 January 2024 Various

The statement's signatories, including APC, stress that the proposed UN Cybercrime Convention must be narrowly focused on tackling cybercrime, and not used as a tool to undermine human rights. Unless meaningful changes are made to address current shortcomings, the Convention should be rejected.

Open letter to Sri Lankan government: Withdraw Online Safety Bill to protect people’s rights and future
Open letter to Sri Lankan government: Withdraw Online Safety Bill to protect people’s rights and future 22 January 2024 Various

In light of the grave implications for the freedoms of people in Sri Lanka, APC and over 50 other organisations are calling on the government to withdraw the Online Safety Bill and engage in meaningful, sustained and inclusive consultations, including civil society and human rights experts.

Online Safety Bill: Civil society organisations urge UK to protect global digital security and safeguard private communication
Online Safety Bill: Civil society organisations urge UK to protect global digital security and safeguard private communication 27 June 2023 Various

This open letter to the UK government from over 80 national and international civil society organisations, including APC, academics and cyberexperts raises concerns about the serious threat to the security of private and encrypted messaging posed by the Online Safety Bill.

India’s Draft Telco Bill empowers governments to impose internet shutdowns
India’s Draft Telco Bill empowers governments to impose internet shutdowns 27 October 2022 Various

APC and the other signatories of this open letter urge the Department of Telecommunications to withdraw the Draft Indian Telecommunication Bill and to prepare a new rights-respecting version, in consultation with stakeholders.

International coalition calls for withdrawal of Draft Indian Telco Bill: Provisions threaten end-to-end encryption
International coalition calls for withdrawal of Draft Indian Telco Bill: Provisions threaten end-to-end encryption 27 October 2022 Various

APC and the other signatories of this open letter stress that India – as the world’s largest democracy, and second largest base of internet users – has an opportunity to draft an exemplary legislation that ensures the protection of human rights in the digital age.

Cambodia should scrap rights-abusing National Internet Gateway
Cambodia should scrap rights-abusing National Internet Gateway 16 May 2022 Various

APC and other civil society organisations are concerned that the gateway will supercharge the government’s censorship capabilities, allowing it to scale up its website blocking, and could generate self-censorship online among critical voices and independent media outlets.

Digital Services Act Human Rights Alliance: Don’t compromise on the protection of fundamental rights in the ongoing negotiations
Digital Services Act Human Rights Alliance: Don’t compromise on the protection of fundamental rights in the ongoing negotiations 22 April 2022 DSA Alliance

As the final stage of the trialogue negotiations on the Digital Services Act (DSA) is approaching, ECNL, as part of the DSA Human Rights Alliance, is calling for the Act to truly comply with international human rights standards.

International organisations call for withdrawal and reconsideration of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Regulation for Digital, Social Media and OTT Platforms
International organisations call for withdrawal and reconsideration of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Regulation for Digital, Social Media and OTT Platforms 07 March 2022 Various

APC and other organisations believe the draft regulations are inconsistent with the international human rights framework, imperil people’s freedom of expression and right to privacy, and could put journalists, dissidents, activists and vulnerable communities, in particular, at greater risk.

Release of the Human Rights Impact Assessment of Facebook in India
Release of the Human Rights Impact Assessment of Facebook in India 21 January 2022 Various

In 2020, Facebook (now Meta) commissioned the law firm Foley Hoag to conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) to evaluate its role in spreading hate speech and incitement to violence on its services in India. A year and a half later, the HRIA has not yet been released.

« Go back