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Long Read

The Constitutional Court of South Africa declared that bulk interception by the South African National Communications Centre is unlawful and invalid.

Long Read

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.

 

Long Read

We explain in some detail what our case involving UK intelligence services using general warrants is about.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

News & Analysis

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.

News & Analysis

The internet was meant to be different. No one would own the internet. No one could own the internet. The internet belonged to all of us. So how did it all go wrong?

Video

This satirical video is a critique of the UK government's reliance on 'technological solutionism' in the fight against Coronavirus and increasingly across public services more widely, and their willingness to then scapegoat ‘mutant algorithms’ when their hopes for technological panaceas inevitably fail.

Press release

Privacy International today launch a specially commissioned video by Cassetteboy, about the UK government’s technological hubris in response to the Coronavirus crisis.

News & Analysis

Following our investigation into advertisers on Facebook and the exposure of the platform shortcomings, Facebook's response is a failure to acknowledge its responsibility in ensuring transparency and enabling people to exercise their rights. Here is our point by point analysis of their answer

News & Analysis

Google knows so much about you, and now it wants your health data too. Read our ‘Pass Notes’ for a quick summary of the issues and then please join our campaign to stop them!

News & Analysis

IMSI catchers, and intrusive surveillance technology is increasingly used during protests, permitting authorities to record everyone that attended and interfere with their communications. In the UK we've been fighting for transparency for years to no avail.

Press release

A new ICO report, which comes as a result of a complaint PI made in 2018, criticises the UK Police for the way in which they are taking data from people's phones, including the victims of crimes. The report calls for reforms and safeguards so that people's data and privacy is protected from unnecessarily intrusive practices.

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News & Analysis

On June 9th, in light of the global debate against racial injustices, the company IBM announced they would stop selling facial recognition. Here are 4 quick-fire thoughts we have on this.

News & Analysis

While more and more governments and companies are asking us to trust them with their COVID-19 solutions, their surfacing and potentially unlawful data exploitation practices do not engender trust.

 

News & Analysis

25 May 2020 marks the 2nd anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulation. Two years on, where are we now?