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.

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

Excellencies, 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” (A/C.3/74/L.11/Rev.1) at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Third Committee is fundamentally flawed and would restrict the use of the internet for human rights, and social and economic development. The undersigned organisations urge your delegation to vote ag...

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. Contributed to policy by addressing new threats to human rights online The 38th Human Rights Council session saw the updating of its landmark resolution on “The promotion, protection, and enjoyment of human rights on the internet”. This res...

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

To the Co-chairs and Panel members: The Association for Progressive Communications and the undersigned organisations welcome the establishment of the UN Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. There is a clear need for greater cooperation in the digital sphere and we hope that the panel brings a fresh approach to this challenge while also taking into account other current a...

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 (see Content regulation in the digital age, Written statement on internet freedoms of Palestinians, States must provide comprehensive protections for secure communications and Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy) an...

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

Oral statement delivered under Item 3: General Debate, UN Human Rights Council 37th Session, 9 March 2018 Delivered by Deborah Brown (APC) Thank you, Mr. President. This statement is on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), ARTICLE 19, IFEX and Privacy International. Our organisations are gravely concerned about the growing crackdown by states on secure digital communi...

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

The increased digital access in human lives has facilitated work and appended additional spaces to the existing ones. Knowledge is no longer inaccessible or confined to books; rather, it has been taken to virtual spaces. Pakistan is relatively a new to this advancement, yet there has been a meticulous debate in progress to regulate these spaces and counter the crimes facilitated by the internet...

Philippines in the Universal Periodic Review: Misrepresentations and myopic responses
Philippines in the Universal Periodic Review: Misrepresentations and myopic responses 11 July 2017

This year, the Philippines is undergoing its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC). The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) submitted a UPR stakeholder report on the state of digital rights in the Philippines together with the Association of Progressive Communications (APC), as well as another submission on the right to privacy together with P...

Submission in advance of the consideration of the periodic report of South Africa, Human Rights Committee
Submission in advance of the consideration of the periodic report of South Africa, Human Rights Committee 06 March 2016 Privacy International, Right2Know, and the Association for Progressive Communications

Submission in advance of the consideration of the periodic report of South Africa, Human Rights Committee, 116th Session, 7-31 March 2016 Privacy International, Right2Know, and the Association for Progressive Communications (hereinafter “the organisations”) note the written replies by the government of South Africa to the list of issues on South Africa’s laws, policies and practices relat...

US-based surveillance and data collection: New UN report provides guidance on PRISM
US-based surveillance and data collection: New UN report provides guidance on PRISM 13 June 2013 Shawna Finnegan and Carly Nyst

At the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, released his latest report – an analysis of the implications of States’ surveillance of communications on the exercise of the human rights to privacy and to freedom of opinion and expression. The report covers a number of important issues, including lack of judic...

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