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Press Release: New report shows how car rental companies are failing to protect drivers' information

5 December 2017

A new report by Privacy International shows how car rental companies and car-share schemes are failing to protect drivers' personal information, such as their location, smart phone contents, and place of residence.

The report is here:

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Our history with our own security and what we do now

24 November 2017

This is the story of Privacy International's journey to building more secure services. Data collection and administering sensitive data on the open web is risky, and PI had to learn this the hard way.

Many companies say that the privacy of their audiences is their top priority - we've learned that living up to this on tight budgets is incredibly hard. But it is worth all the lessons along the way. 

What security means for NGOs (and why we do it badly)

17 November 2017

There are three good reasons why security is so hard for NGOs. First, we are afraid to speak about meaningful security. Second, we focus on the wrong areas of security and in turn spend money and prioritise the wrong things. Third, we struggle to separate the world we want from the worlds we build within our own organisations. At PI we have failed and struggled with each of these for over 20 years.


6 November 2017

The European Court of Human Rights will hear a landmark case on surveillance tomorrow (7 November) as part of a challenge to the lawfulness of the UK’s surveillance laws and its intelligence agencies’ mass surveillance practices.

See the attached briefing for case background and historical information.

US Border Cops Set to Use Biometrics to Build a Line Up of the World

25 October 2017

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has contracted one of the world’s largest arms companies to manage a huge expansion of its biometric surveillance programme.

According to a presentation seen by Privacy International, the new system, known as Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART), will scoop up a whopping 180 million new biometric transactions per year by 2022.

We’re all aliens to someone: response to U.S. government consultation on social media surveillance at borders

19 October 2017

Privacy International has today submitted comments to a U.S. government consultation on whether the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should keep the social media details of individuals travelling to the US in so-called “Alien Files” documenting all immigrants.

Press Notice: Privacy International makes recommendations to strengthen UK Data Protection Bill

9 October 2017

While welcoming the objective of the Bill, Privacy International has sent a briefing to the House of Lords and a letter to Minister of State for Digital, Matt Hancock MP, outlining key concerns and recommendations. The Bill's stated aim is “to create a clear and coherent data protection regime”, and to update the UK data protection law, including by bringing the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive (DPLED) - into the UK domestic system. We've summarsised our concerns below.

Privacy International launches international campaign for greater transparency around secretive intelligence sharing activities between governments

13 September 2017

Privacy International, in partnership with 30+ national human rights organisations, has today written to national intelligence oversight bodies in over 40 countries seeking information on the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.