European free flow of data initiative within the Digital Single Market

As part of the Digital Single Market strategic actions the European Commission announced its will to maximise the growth potential of the digital economy is a “European ‘Free flow of data’ initiative that tackles restrictions on the free movement of data for reasons other than the protection of personal data within the EU and unjustified ...

Privacy and Data Protection

The ePD (Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications) concerns the protection of privacy and personal data in the electronic communication sector. The ePD was reviewed and amended in 2009 in the context of the review of the telecoms regulatory framework by Directive 2009/136/EC of 25 November 2009. Recently the Commission has published its “Evaluation ...

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 ...

WHOA Cyberstalking Statistics

WHOA Cyberstalking Statistics (2013)