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

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

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.

Privacy International releases new tranche of previously secret documents shedding further light on Government mass surveillance

26 July 2016

Previously secret official documents, containing new revelations about the Government's mass surveillance regime, have today been disclosed as a result of litigation brought by Privacy International against the Intelligence Agencies (MI5, MI6, GCHQ). These documents shed further light on the secretive bulk data collection regime operating under section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 and the Bulk Personal Data-set regime. 

Press Statement: Privacy International's Initial Thoughts on the Advocate General's Opinion on Data Retention

19 July 2016

Privacy International General Counsel Caroline Wilson Palow said:

"Today's opinion issued by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is a serious blow to the UK's Investigatory Powers Bill (IPBill). It, hopefully, presages a strong judgment from the Court itself.

Press release: New Twitter Bot ‘reveals’ the internet browsing history of politicians

14 July 2016

A new Twitter Bot, launched today by the global privacy rights organisation Privacy International, ‘reveals’ the internet browsing history of leading politicians, as well as details of their telephone, text message, WhatsApp, and even Snapchat communications. @GCHQbot has been launched to raise the profile of the sensitivity of our internet browsing history and communications data, on the day that the Investigatory Powers Bill begins its Committee Stage in the House of Lords.

The Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO) new report questions lawfulness of the use of secret Section 94 powers for mass surveillance

7 July 2016

Today Sir Stanley Burnton, the Interception of Communications Commissioner, published a highly critical review of the use of Section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 for gathering vast amounts of our communications data in bulk. This obscure clause pre-dates the internet era, but has been used for nearly two decades for mass surveillance. Today is the first time that these powers have been criticised by an independent statutory body.

Argentina's record on privacy and surveillance under scrutiny at the United Nations

23 June 2016

Statement here

This week in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Committee will examine the Argentina’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), an international treaty which places obligations on signatories to guarantee human rights such as the right to privacy.

El historial de la Argentina sobre privacidad y vigilancia bajo escrutinio en las Naciones Unidas

23 June 2016

Esta semana en Ginebra, el Comité de Derechos Humanos de la ONU examinará el cumplimiento de la Argentina con el Pacto Internacional de Derechos Civiles y Políticos (PIDCP), un tratado internacional que establece obligaciones a los firmantes para garantizar los derechos humanos, como el derecho a la privacidad.

Este examen, por un grupo de expertos independientes encargados de vigilar el cumplimiento del PIDCP, llega en un momento crítico para las leyes y políticas de la Argentina sobre la privacidad y la vigilancia.

PRESS STATEMENT: The Commons have failed to hold the Government to account on sweeping new surveillance powers

8 June 2016

Harmit Kambo, Campaigns Director, Privacy International said:

"The overwhelming vote by MPs last night in favour of massively intrusive new state surveillance powers represents both a failure of the democratic process and a grim watershed moment for the privacy of every one of us.