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Privacy International uncovers widespread surveillance throughout Central Asia, exposes role of Israeli companies

20 November 2014

Governments across Central Asia have deployed advanced surveillance systems, including monitoring centres capable of spying on an entire country's communications, according to a new investigative report published today by Privacy International.

EU catches up, takes steps to control export of intrusion spyware, IP monitoring

7 November 2014

Privacy International, Reporters Without Borders, Digitale Gesellschaft, FIDH, and Human Rights Watch welcome news that the European Commission will move ahead and add specific forms of surveillance technology to the EU control list on dual use items, thus taking steps to finally hold companies to account who sell spy equipment and enable human rights abuses.

UK Government human rights watchdog refuses to hold telcos accountable for role in GCHQ mass surveillance

27 October 2014

A complaint by Privacy International against the six undersea fibre optic cable companies, including BT and Vodafone, that facilitate GCHQ’s mass surveillance practices has been rejected by the UK agency charged with ensuring corporate compliance with human rights obligations, after the companies refused to reveal the extent of their cooperation with GCHQ.

Privacy International files criminal complaint on behalf of Bahraini activists targeted by spyware FinFisher

13 October 2014

Privacy International today has made a criminal complaint to the National Cyber Crime Unit of the National Crime Agency, urging the immediate investigation of the unlawful surveillance of three Bahraini activists living in the UK by Bahraini authorities using the intrusive malware FinFisher supplied by British company Gamma.

Passage of DRIP surveillance bill shameful

17 July 2014

The following is a statement from Privacy International following the passage of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill. For more information, email Mike Rispoli,

It is shameful that, in a year since the Edward Snowden revealed the scope of the UK mass surveillance activities, the only British parliamentary action in relation to surveillance has been to drastically expand the interception powers of intelligence agencies.

UK Rushes through invasive surveillance laws as intelligence agencies go on trial

11 July 2014

Privacy International and Amnesty International have accused the UK government of trying to rush through legislation in an attempt to deflect from a landmark hearing starting Monday, challenging the validity of UK spy agencies’ justification for mass surveillance of British citizens’ social media use.

Carly Nyst, Legal Director of Privacy International said

The timing of this legislation could not be more audacious,