Australia adopted a range of technology-based responses to address the COVID-19 pandemic, but this approach resulted in “solutions” that ranged from the outright ineffective to the actively punitive.
Recent instances of the use of state surveillance apparatus for repressive purposes and prosecutions, compounded by a lack of data and online privacy protections and low internet penetration and usage, have heightened fears that the country is regressing in terms of safeguarding online rights.
African internet users remain resilient in the face of all manner of state-sponsored and private tech-enabled cyber threats and obstacles, and civil society actors continue to raise and amplify their voices even as spaces for free expression, online and offline, are squeezed tighter and tighter.
This joint statement to the Special Rapporteur on privacy during the 49th session of the Human Rights Council expresses the concerns of APC, Derechos Digitales and Intervozes around three aspects related to data protection regulation, with a particular focus on Latin America.
EXPOSÉ is a new online publication from the Foundation for Media Alternatives that shines a light on the themes of privacy and data protection in the Philippine context. Its first issue focuses on privacy and data protection concerns surfaced or highlighted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
While privacy has become ever more crucial in a world where digital technologies are key to livelihoods and the promotion of other rights, there are insufficient protections for the right to privacy in many African countries, and some have steadily taken measures to undermine this right.
APC member organisation Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet, in cooperation with the law firm Jihyang, responded to the abuse of personal information by Facebook by bringing this case to the Personal Information Dispute Mediation Committee.
In Lebanon, the legal framework for privacy and data protection is in limbo, cybersecurity is minimal to non-existent, and citizens’ rights are neglected. SMEX has been following these issues closely, and now, it is expanding its work to serve as a watchdog over citizens’ digital data.
The country reports collected here offer an in-depth rights-based analysis of the status of privacy and data protection legislation in Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.
Unwanted Witness welcomes the first-ever data protection investigation report by the Ugandan data regulator, NITA-U, into the operations of SafeBoda, which has been ordered to make fundamental reforms regarding sharing of people’s personal data with third parties.