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 NGO letter urging EU targeted sanctions against NSO Group
Joint NGO letter urging EU targeted sanctions against NSO Group 03 December 2021 Various

Following revelations that Israeli NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware was used to hack the devices of six Palestinian human rights activists, we urge the EU to take serious and effective measures against NSO Group, including its designation under the EU’s global human rights sanctions regime.

Global Encryption Day statement
Global Encryption Day statement 21 October 2021 Various

On Global Encryption Day, APC joined with over 150 other organisations to call on governments and the private sector to reject efforts to undermine encryption and instead pursue policies that enhance, strengthen and promote use of strong encryption to protect people everywhere.

Urgent call to action: HRC 48 joint NGO letter on Pegasus
Urgent call to action: HRC 48 joint NGO letter on Pegasus 01 October 2021 Various

APC and other civil  society organisations call on UN Human Rights Council (HRC) member states to take urgent action at the ongoing 48th HRC session to denounce the unfolding and unprecedented scale of human rights violations by states facilitated by the use of the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware.

India: Spyware use violates Supreme Court privacy ruling
India: Spyware use violates Supreme Court privacy ruling 01 September 2021 Various

Eleven groups, including APC, call on Indian authorities to immediately, independently and credibly investigate the government’s alleged use of advanced spyware to target activists and apparent opponents.

Open letter to TECNO Mobile
Open letter to TECNO Mobile 19 August 2021 Various

APC and several APC member organisations in Africa form part of a coalition of 11 civil society organisations that have called on TECNO to make serious changes to its practices to protect users' privacy and security.

Open letter calling on Apple to abandon its plans to build surveillance capabilities into its products
Open letter calling on Apple to abandon its plans to build surveillance capabilities into its products 19 August 2021 Various

APC joined with an international coalition of over 90 civil society organisations in an open letter to Apple, calling on the company to abandon its recently announced plans to build surveillance capabilities into iPhones, iPads and other Apple products. 

Joint open letter by civil society organisations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology
Joint open letter by civil society organisations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology 26 July 2021 Various

Dozens of civil society organisations and independent experts joined forces to express their alarm at the media revelations that NSO Group’s spyware has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale and to call on states to take immediate measures.

Open letter to Facebook and Google on equal and better transparency regarding political advertising on their platforms
Open letter to Facebook and Google on equal and better transparency regarding political advertising on their platforms 01 February 2021 Various

APC and a coalition of over 60 other organisations are calling on Facebook and Google to provide equal and better transparency regarding political advertising on their platforms globally. Online transparency should not be a privilege of the few, but the right of all.

Consumer and digital rights groups call on the international joint initiative on e-commerce to safeguard data protection and privacy
Consumer and digital rights groups call on the international joint initiative on e-commerce to safeguard data protection and privacy 16 November 2020 Various

This joint statement calls on countries participating in the WTO negotiations on global rules to make it easier for consumers and companies to trade online to design a deal that puts people at its the centre and fully protect their rights.

Joint letter calling for reforms to EU funding to ensure the right to privacy
Joint letter calling for reforms to EU funding to ensure the right to privacy 11 November 2020 Various

In this joint letter, APC, Privacy International and other civil society organisations raise their concerns over the funding and development of projects and initiatives which threaten the right to privacy and other fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

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