Privacy International

Privacy International, a registered UK charity (No. 1147471), was founded in 1990 and was the first organisation to campaign at an international level on privacy issues. Privacy International is committed to fighting for the right to privacy across the world. It investigates the secret world of government surveillance and expose the companies enabling it; litigate to ensure that surveillance is consistent with the rule of law; advocate for strong national, regional, and international laws that protect privacy; conduct research to catalyse policy change; raise awareness about technologies and laws that place privacy at risk, to ensure that the public is informed and engaged.

To ensure that this right is universally respected, PI strengthen the capacity of its partners in developing countries and work with international organisations to protect the most vulnerable.

Privacy International envisions a world in which the right to privacy is protected, respected, and fulfilled. Privacy is essential to the protection of autonomy and human dignity, serving as the foundation upon which other human rights are built. In order for individuals to fully participate in the modern world, developments in law and technologies must strengthen and not undermine the ability to freely enjoy this right.

Joint civil society statement: States' use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights
Joint civil society statement: States' use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights 02 April 2020 Various

Over 100 organisations from around the world signed a joint statement stressing that digital surveillance to fight COVID-19 can only be justified if it respects human rights, and setting out conditions that must be met before the use of surveillance technology to fight the pandemic.

 APC joins call urging Google to take action against exploitative mobile apps
APC joins call urging Google to take action against exploitative mobile apps 13 January 2020 APCNews

Privacy International issued an open letter to the CEO of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., asking Google to “take action against exploitative pre-installed software on Android devices.” The letter is both a caution and a call to action and has been endorsed by over 50 other organisations.

An open letter to Google
An open letter to Google 08 January 2020 Various

On 8 January 2020, Privacy International and over 50 other organisations, including APC, submitted a letter to Alphabet Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai asking Google to take action against exploitative pre-installed software on Android devices.

Joint statement for the protection of digital rights defenders
Joint statement for the protection of digital rights defenders 17 December 2019 Various

The undersigning civil society organisations express concern over the global trend of persecuting digital rights defenders, including security researchers and trainers who act to protect and promote human rights, and demand protection of their work and their recognition as human rights defenders.

Open letter to UN General Assembly: Proposed international convention on cybercrime poses a threat to human rights online
Open letter to UN General Assembly: Proposed international convention on cybercrime poses a threat to human rights online 06 November 2019 Various

Countering cybercrime is a key challenge that requires international cooperation. However, the approach taken in the draft resolution “Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes” is fundamentally flawed and would restrict the use of the internet for human rights, and social and economic development.

Rights in 2018: From resolutions on online gender-based violence, discrimination and privacy, to internet shutdowns in Africa, hate speech in Asia and work with youth and visual stories
Rights in 2018: From resolutions on online gender-based violence, discrimination and privacy, to internet shutdowns in Africa, hate speech in Asia and work with youth and visual stories 19 September 2019

Human rights norms and standards integrate gender and development, and are respected and promoted in internet and ICT policy, governance, development and practice. This is a compendium of the highlights from APC's Annual Report for 2018.

Open letter on the establishment of the UN Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Open letter on the establishment of the UN Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation 17 September 2018 Access Now, ARTICLE 19, APC, Privacy International

There is a clear need for greater cooperation in the digital sphere and we hope that the panel brings a fresh approach to this Digital Cooperation. 

HRC37: Digital identity, smart cities and the right to privacy
HRC37: Digital identity, smart cities and the right to privacy 15 March 2018 Jamael Jacob, Foundation for Media Alternatives

The UN Human Rights Council's 37th session is taking place in Geneva. APC has participated with a diversity of statements and sessions on internet rights, including “Digital identity, smart cities and other data intensive systems: The implications for the right to privacy”.

States must provide comprehensive protections for secure communications: Oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 37th session
States must provide comprehensive protections for secure communications: Oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 37th session 09 March 2018 APC, ARTICLE 19, IFEX and Privacy International

The Association for Progressive Communications, ARTICLE 19, IFEX and Privacy International are gravely concerned about the growing crackdown by states on secure digital communications, including encryption and technologies that enhance anonymity and confidentiality.

Electronic data protection in Pakistan
Electronic data protection in Pakistan 15 November 2017 Umer Gilani, Haroon Baloch, Shaheera Jalil Albasit and Furhan Hussain

This paper explores the data protection aspect of the existing state of privacy in Pakistan in order to strike a debate about its urgency and need.

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