In today’s digital markets, data is increasingly a source of market power. The link between market power and data brings together elements of competition law, which regulates market power, and data protection regulation, which seeks to ensure the fair, lawful and transparent processing of personal data. This paper argues that when tackling anticompetitive data practices by dominant market players, data protection elements should be incorporated into the design of competition law remedies. This paper was written by Alessia D’Amico, PhD student at the European University Institute, during her placement at, and in collaboration with, Privacy International.
Privacy International investigates the use of personal data in political campaigning, focusing on the ecosystem of private companies hired by political parties, the policies of online platforms, and the laws that regulate micro-targeting around the world.
PI presents here 5 profiles of companies involved in political campaigning in order to provide a snapshot of how the digital political campaign sector works and further highlight the opacity and concerns for privacy.
Hablamos con representantes de organizaciones transgénero en Argentina, Francia y en Filipinas para entender cómo los sistemas de identificación están impactando sus vidas, y los marcos legales que les están ayudando.
We spoke to trans-right activists in three country: the Philippines, France and Argentina to understand how ID systems in their countries are impacting their lives and how certain legal frameworks may help them.
In its new report, PI looks into the implementation of transparency tools by Facebook, Google and Twitter in relation to political advertising. This work was produced in collaboration with partner organisations InternetLab and ELSAM.
2021 will see the unfolding of major challenges to the power of big platforms, like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. Most will revolve around our data and will be fought in the field of competition and anti-trust. Alarmingly companies are increasingly using privacy as a cloak to justify their privacy invasive practices.
We won our judicial review challenge to a 2016 decision by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). The UK High Court has held that the security and intelligence services can no longer rely on ‘general warrants’ to interfere with property, including computers.
In another victory for the rule of law, the UK High Court has held that the security and intelligence services cannot rely on non-specific warrants - otherwise known as general warrants - to authorise wide-ranging property interference and certain forms of computer hacking.
In a major victory for the rule of law, the UK High Court has ruled that the security and intelligence services can no longer rely on ‘general warrants’, which until today could be used to interfere with property, including computers, of thousands or even millions of people based on a single warrant.
The European Commission has today concluded its review of Google's proposed acquisition of Fitbit. Privacy International is disappointed that the Commission has decided to let the merger go through, allowing Google's extraordinary power to expand into wearables and sensitive health data.
A group of European technology firms and civil society organisations, including PI, calls on the European Commission to support a strong ex ante interoperability requirement for dominant “gatekeeper” firms in the forthcoming proposal for a Digital Markets Act.
Following PI’s landmark Supreme Court win in 2019, we will be back in court on 8 and 9 December 2020 to resume our long-running fight against the UK government’s wide-ranging hacking and property interference powers.
In this submission, Privacy International (PI) responds to the call for inputs to assist the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact Working Groups on “Criminal Justice, Legal Responses and Countering the Financing of Terrorism” and “Promoting and Protecting Human Rights and the Rule of Law while Countering Terrorism and Supporting Victims of Terrorism” in developing a guidance document intended to support Member States in their efforts to implement countering terrorism financing measures, in compliance with relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2462 (2019), and in full respect of international human rights law.
On 27 August 2020, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published a call for views and evidence relating to the review of the Data Protection Act 2018’s representative action provisions. This is a summary of Privacy International's response to that call, with a full copy of our submissions to the DCMS available for download at the bottom of this page.
In a statement coordinated by the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), PI and others underline the importance of trust in the digital economy. This can only happen by placing people’s fundamental rights to data protection and privacy first.
Privacy International and other campaigners are demanding that the EU enact urgent reforms to development aid and cooperation programmes after disclosures reveal their extensive use to train and equip security forces with surveillance techniques.
Documents disclosed to Privacy International reveal how the European Union has been using aid funds to finance the development of biometric identity systems in countries in Africa as part of its response to migration, and highlight urgent concerns.