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International human rights organisations seriously concerned about the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 Pakistan

20 April 2015


Privacy International, ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch, Digital Rights Foundation, and other human rights organisations are seriously concerned by the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill in Pakistan. The Bill introduces a series of new provisions that pose a grave risk to freedom of expression and privacy in Pakistan.

United Nations establishes landmark role for expert to investigate and report on right to privacy

26 March 2015

The UN's top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, today has passed a landmark resolution endorsing the appointment of an independent expert on the right to privacy. For the first time in the UN's history, an individual will be appointed to monitor, investigate and report on privacy issues and alleged violations in States across the world.

Human rights organisations alarmed by bill that will give surveillance agencies dangerous new powers

25 March 2015

Privacy International, Amnesty International, FIDH, the French League for Human Rights and Reporters Without Borders are alarmed by the expansive surveillance powers to be granted to surveillance agencies contained in a Bill transferred to the French parliament on Friday. Under the new law, French intelligence agencies would be empowered to hack into computers and devices and spy on the communications of anyone who makes contact with a person under suspicion, even incidentally. The new law will enable them to do this without having to obtain a judicial warrant.

UK government claims power for broad, suspicionless hacking of computers and phones

18 March 2015

The British Government has admitted its intelligence services have the broad power to hack into personal phones, computers, and communications networks, and claims they are legally justified to hack anyone, anywhere in the world, even if the target is not a threat to national security nor suspected of any crime.

Privacy International launches platform allowing people to discover if GCHQ illegally spied on them

16 February 2015

Privacy International today has launched a platform and campaign to allow anyone in the world to request whether Britain’s intelligence agency GCHQ has illegally spied on them. 

The platform and campaign has been developed in response to a recent court ruling that GCHQ unlawfully obtained millions of private communications from the NSA up until December 2014. This decision allows not only British citizens, but anyone in the world, to ask GCHQ if the individual’s records were unlawfully shared by the NSA. 

GCHQ-NSA intelligence sharing unlawful, says UK surveillance tribunal

6 February 2015

British intelligence services acted unlawfully in accessing millions of people’s personal communications collected by the NSA, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled today. The decision marks the first time that the Tribunal, the only UK court empowered to oversee GHCQ, MI5 and MI6, has ever ruled against the intelligence and security services in its 15 year history.

Investigatory Powers Tribunal rules GCHQ mass surveillance programme TEMPORA is legal in principle

18 December 2014

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) today followed its previous judgments in finding that UK security services may in principle carry out mass surveillance of all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK under RIPA, the 2000 law that pre-dates the modern internet.