Council of Europe report on mass surveillance

In the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, the Council of Europe produced a report on mass surveillance noting that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was deeply concerned about the “mass surveillance and large-scale intrusion practices hitherto unknown to the general public and even to most political decision-makers. The report further noted the “lack ...

Brennan Center report in impact of NSA overseas surveillance on privacy of Americans

Recent discussions on the topics of privacy and technology in the US have in turn shone a spotlight on how government agencies engage in surveillance inside the US. Thus, there has been much debate about how the FBI is seeking backdoors to bypass encryption on smart devices and on how the NSA engaged in bulk ...

Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers

Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers is a new report demonstrating the damaging impact of surveillance by the United States and other governments on free expression and creative freedom around the world. You can read the full report here.

International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance

The International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance (the “Necessary and Proportionate Principles” or “13 Principles”) show how existing human rights law applies to modern digital surveillance. Drafted by a global coalition of civil society, privacy and technology experts in 2013, they have been endorsed by over 600 organizations and over 270,000 ...

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report on the right to privacy in the digital age

This document is the outcome of Resolution 68/167 of the United Nations General Assembly, which requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare and submit a report on “the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in the context of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance and/or the interception of digital communications and the ...

Pew report on Americans’ attitudes towards surveillance, privacy and security

The surveillance revelations from Edward Snowden have focused a spotlight on the relationship between privacy and security in the digital age. Some argue that those with “nothing to hide” have nothing to fear. Others argue that surveillance powers on the part of both states and companies have gone too far and need to be reined ...

Report on Surveillance by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) publishes a report on fundamental rights protection in the context of surveillance, which maps and analyses the legal frameworks on surveillance in place in EU Member States. Focusing on so-called ‘mass surveillance’, the report also details oversight mechanisms introduced across the EU, outlines the work of entities ...

Snooper’s charter ‘should be replaced by strengthening of existing powers’

Privacy campaigners have called for the lifting of restrictions on the use of existing police and security service powers to monitor the communications of terror suspects, as an alternative to the intrusive £1.8bn “snooper’s charter” legislation. Privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch says police already have the ability under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act ...

UK surveillance law: a warning, and a call for a different future

From the itemised records of the 90s through to the detailed records of our online behaviour, it is getting easier to track what we do. There is vastly more information now about our every movement than there ever has been. Such information can be very useful to law enforcement agencies and other public bodies. There ...

Act of Terror: arrested for filming police officers – video

Act of Terror from Fat Rat Films on Vimeo. When police carried out a routine stop-and-search of her boyfriend on the London Underground, Gemma Atkinson filmed the incident. She was detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest. She launched a legal battle, which ended with the police settling the case in 2010. With the money from ...