We won our case against the UK’s Security Service (MI5) and the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD). Following on from our initial reaction, we answer some key questions about the judgement below.
In a landmark judgment, handed down today (Monday 30 January 2023), the Investigatory Powers Tribunal have found that there were “very serious failings” at the highest levels of MI5 to comply with privacy safeguards from as early as 2014, and that successive Home Secretaries did not to enquire into
The rise of the gig-economy, a way of working relying on short term contracts and temporary jobs rather than on an employed workforce, has enabled the growth of a number of companies over the last few years. But without the rights that comes with full employment, gig economy workers today don't have access to essential protections.
During the fourth session of the UN Ad Hoc Committee which is negotiating a potential United Nations Cybercrime Treaty, PI made one intervention. The fourth session took place in Vienna from 9 to 20 January 2023.
Creators who produce content for big online platforms, from video game livestreamers on Twitch to adult content producers on platforms like OnlyFans, often find themselves forced to share a lot of data, putting their privacy and security at risk while being given limited information as to how this data is being used.
Messaging apps have become a key part of the way we communicate with each other in all aspects of our lives, from keeping in touch with our distant relatives to organising mass movements. Yet, there are so many out there, it is hard to know which ones are the most secure.
Browsing the web for protest-related materials, and attending protests can be risky, particularly in countries that discourage or persecute dissent. As governments continue to exert control over access to the Web - including blocking and surveillance - people are increasingly turning to VPNs to access social media and to read and disseminate information on upcoming protests, including coordination.
Privacy Internationals and Liberty’s latest legal case against the UK’s Security Service (MI5) hinges on MI5’s failure to police their vast data holdings. PI and Liberty allege MI5 broke the law by not effectively implementing crucial safeguards designed to protect all of us.
Privacy International’s submitted its input to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health for her forthcoming thematic report to the Human Rights Council on the theme of: “Digital innovation, technologies and the right to health”.
The European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL), the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO), and Privacy International (PI) joined together to track the negative impacts of surveillance technology and measures deployed during the Covid-19 pandemic on activist movements and organizations, in collaboration with local organizations and researchers in 6 countries.
SMS (Short Messaging Service) has been around for 30 years, and is likely to be around for a lot longer. In this piece, we take stock of the varied uses of SMS, and the challenges arising from it: privacy, security and reliability-wise.
In 2022, Privacy International continues to produce real change by challenging governments and corporations that use data and technology to exploit us. We know life moves quickly. So, we wanted to keep you in the loop and ensure you don’t miss out on how we’re changing the world for the better. That
PI joined 75+ organisations to call on EU policy makers to rework the draft EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive so it is able to address human rights abuses in the tech sector. PI had previously made submissions to the consultation on the draft Directive proposal by the European Commission.
Privacy International (PI) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reviewed the consolidated negotiating document on the UN Cybercrime treaty (full title: “consolidated negotiating document on the general provisions and the provisions on criminalization and on procedural measures and law enforcement” of a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes”) before the fourth session of the Ad-Hoc Committee which is due to consider the text in January 2023.
While PI and EFF are not convinced a global cybercrime treaty is necessary, in our analysis we advocate for having a human-rights-by-design approach in the proposed UN Cybercrime treaty.
The European Ombudsman has found that the European Commission failed to take necessary measures to ensure the protection of human rights in the transfers of technology with potential surveillance capacity supported by its multi-billion Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
The latest iteration comes in disguise – specifically, in four pastel colours: if you were to look at this company's main website, in fact, you'd only find wristbands and tools to monitor the well-being of elderly people who live alone. But as stated in their annual report, the majority of British company Buddi's revenue originates from the criminal justice market.
PI published its analysis of the conceptual zero draft of the WHO’s Pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response accord (“WHO CAII”) which will be discussed by the WHO Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) between 5 and 7 December 2022.
In a case that found seizing and extracting data from migrants' mobile phones breached their fundamental right to privacy, UK courts breathe some life into the human rights principle of access to remedy.