privacy

Body & Data: Privacy in the pandemic
Body & Data: Privacy in the pandemic 28 March 2020 Body & Data

This piece was originally published on the website of Body & Data, an APC member organisation in Nepal. The corona pandemic isn’t a purely medical issue, it entangles all aspects of human lives, including our privacy, protection and dignity. Recently, the list of passengers who flew on the same flight from France to Nepal with a woman who tested positive, along with the details of the passengers of the same airways, has been public. The list includes personal information of the people ...

HRC43: APC statement on privacy and gender
HRC43: APC statement on privacy and gender 05 March 2020 APC

Statement delivered during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council 5 March 2020 The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes a gender perspective being integrated into the work of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the adoption of intersectionality as a framework in the digital age, which are still largely unexplored. This approach has given visibility and question...

Data Protection Africa: A tool for information, advocacy and activism in Africa
Data Protection Africa: A tool for information, advocacy and activism in Africa 21 January 2020 Tshepiso Hadebe, ALT Advisory

Phase 1 of Data Protection Africa (DPA) has launched! DPA is an online open-access portal that provides information on data protection laws and access to data protection authorities in 31 African countries. The portal also lists digital rights organisations which work in the data protection space in Africa. Phase 2 is coming soon. A full review of data protection laws in 31 African countrie...

 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

On 8 January 2020, Privacy International issued an open letter to Sundar Pichai, 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 against exploitation of smartphone users by manufacturers who put profit over privacy by pre-installing apps, known as “b...

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

Dear Mr. Pichai, We, the undersigned, agree with you: privacy cannot be a luxury offered only to those people who can afford it. And yet, Android Partners – who use the Android trademark and branding – are manufacturing devices that contain pre-installed apps that cannot be deleted (often known as "bloatware"), which can leave users vulnerable to their data being collected, shared and expos...

New law holds promise for improved data governance in Kenya
New law holds promise for improved data governance in Kenya 27 November 2019 CIPESA

Following a seven-year, windy journey, on 8 November 2019, Kenya got a data protection law. The Data Protection Act, 2019 has various positive elements and can go a long way in addressing the live issues in protecting the privacy of data in Kenya. The law came at a time of widespread concern about privacy in the country, including the fragmented oversight over privacy and data protection; incre...

Extreme poverty and digital welfare: New report from UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty raises alarm about the rise of a digital welfare dystopia
Extreme poverty and digital welfare: New report from UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty raises alarm about the rise of a digital welfare dystopia 25 October 2019

A damning new report from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, raises alarm about the rise of the digital welfare state, which uses data and technologies to automate, predict, identify, surveil, detect, target and punish the poor. The report, recently presented to the UN General Assembly, covers a range of uses of digital technologies for wel...

Over 100 civil society organisations call on Facebook to implement end-to-end encryption across its platforms
Over 100 civil society organisations call on Facebook to implement end-to-end encryption across its platforms 07 October 2019 APCNews

Last week it was revealed that the governments of the US, UK and Australia are pressuring Facebook to "not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety and without including a means for lawful access to the content of communications to protect our citizens." APC joined over a hundred civil socie...

Open Letter: Facebook’s End-to-End Encryption Plans
Open Letter: Facebook’s End-to-End Encryption Plans 07 October 2019 Various

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, The organizations below write today to encourage you, in no uncertain terms, to continue increasing the end-to-end security across Facebook’s messaging services. We have seen requests from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australian governments asking you to suspend these plans “until [Facebook] can guarantee the added privacy does not reduce public safety”. We ...

Civil society organisations present joint end-of-session statement at 42nd Human Rights Council
Civil society organisations present joint end-of-session statement at 42nd Human Rights Council 30 September 2019 Various

The Council reaffirmed that reprisals can never be justified. Council members rejected attempts to weaken the text including deleting the references to the roles of the Assistant Secretary-General and the Human Rights Council Presidents. The resolution listed key trends such as the patterns of reprisals, increasing self-censorship, the use of national security arguments and counter-terrorism st...

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