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Privacy International calls on UK government to reveal secret intelligence sharing arrangements with the United States

Date: 
10 November 2016

Privacy International has today written to government ministers, members of the opposition, and oversight bodies reaffirming its call for the UK government to reveal secret intelligence sharing arrangements with the United States.

Colombia’s record on privacy, surveillance, and human rights under renewed scrutiny at the United Nations

Date: 
17 October 2016

This week in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Committee will examine Colombia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This review, by a body of independent experts charged with monitoring compliance with the ICCPR, comes just weeks after the peace deal between President Juan Manuel Santos and Farc leader Timoleon Jimenez was rejected by voters and months after it was revealed that an investigative journalist was put under surveillance by the Colombian police.

PRESS RELEASE: Privacy International and five internet and communications providers challenge British Government's bulk hacking abroad before the European Court of Human Rights

Date: 
5 August 2016

Today, Privacy International, together with five internet and communications providers from around the world, have lodged an application before the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the British Government's use of bulk hacking abroad. Until we brought our original case at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) in 2014, the Government had never admitted that it engaged in hacking. Now we are learning for the first time how far-reaching the Government's global hacking capabilities are.

Press Release: New initiative from Privacy International tracks the global surveillance industry

Date: 
2 August 2016
  • New report entitled Global Surveillance Industry maps out growth and scale of global surveillance industry
  • Privacy International, in collaboration with Transparency Toolkit, launches searchable database featuring over 1500 brochures and data on over 520 surveillance companies as well as over 600 reported individual exports of specific surveillance technologies taken from open source records, including investigative and technical reports, as well as government export licensing data

Press Release: Judges of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal visited MI5 in 2007 for a secret briefing

Date: 
28 July 2016

For immediate release

* Judges of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal visited MI5 in 2007 for a secret briefing. None of the judges hearing the case this week attended the briefing.

* At the briefing, MI5 persuaded the judges that MI5 did not usually have to disclose its data holdings in “Bulk Personal Datasets” to the Tribunal. These are highly intrusive datasets that have details of a vast number of people's location, internet use, financial information and telephone records.

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