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The new Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports has launched, which include rights groups like Privacy International.

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Ob CAUSE, das international von Amnesty International, der internationalen Liga für Menschenrechte, dem Open Technology Institute und Privacy International unterstützt wird, wirklich Druck ausüben kann, wird sich zeigen. Die moralische Verantwortung der Hersteller von Überwachungssoftware ist offenbar kaum vorhanden. So wickelte Gamma ihre Geschäfte über eine Briefkastenfirma in Singapur ab oder versuchte, über eine Schweizer Firma Geschäfte zu machen. Immerhin gibt es Anzeichen dafür, dass Veröffentlichtungen etwas bewirken können.

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Privacy International, a registered UK charity founded in 1990 which was the first to campaign at an international level on privacy issues, identifies certain loopholes in Pakistan’s draft law on cyber crime.

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The ruling today from the European Court of Justice, invalidating the European Union’s 2006 Data Retention Directive policy, was strong and unequivocal: the right to privacy provides a fundamental barrier between the individual and powerful institutions, and laws allowing for indiscriminate, blanket retention on this scale are completely unacceptable.

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Civil liberties advocate Privacy International said: "If the Data Retention Directive fails to meet the requirements of human rights law, then the mass surveillance programs operated by the US and UK governments must equally be in conflict with the right to privacy."

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"It is not, and never was, proportionate to spy on the entire population of Europe," London-based Internet advocacy group Privacy International said in a press release. "It is right and overdue that this terrible directive was struck down."

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“What is unique about the CAUSE coalition are the groups that are part of it,” Mike Rispoli, Communication Manager of UK-based Privacy International, says to techPresident. “You have organizations like Privacy International, as well as Open Technology Institute or Digitale Gesellschaft, that focus on technology, digital rights, etc., but you also have more traditional human rights groups like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Reporters without Borders.

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Privacy International, a London-based nonprofit, argued in a statement that “this ruling demolishes communications data surveillance laws not just across Europe, but sets the precedent for the world.”

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The pressure group Privacy International called the ECJ ruling "strong and unequivocal", saying that "the right to privacy provides a fundamental barrier between the individual and powerful institutions, and laws allowing for indiscriminate, blanket retention on this scale are completely unacceptable.

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World leaders must commit to keeping invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes, said a new global coalition of human rights organizations as it launched today in Brussels.

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Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and London-based Privacy International are among those hoping to check the export of powerful spyware to unsavory governments.

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Un groupe d’ONG, parmi lesquelles Amnesty International, la FIDH, Human Rights Watch, Reporters sans frontières, Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft ou encore l’Open Technologie Institute, a lancé vendredi 4 avril une Coalition contre l’exportation des technologies de surveillance (CAUSE).

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Tim Maurer, Edin Omanovic und Ben Wagner haben für den Digitale Gesellschaft e. V., Privacy International, das Open Technology Institute und die New America Foundation eine Studie zur Problematik (englisch) verfasst, die sich mit den existierenden Regularien ebenso auseinandersetzt wie mit dem technologischen Wettrüsten auf diesem Gebiet und den Wechselwirkungen dieser Bereiche. Im Fokus stehen die Exportkontrollen in den USA, in Großbritannien, Deutschland und der EU sowie das multilaterale Wassenaar-Abkommen.

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The Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports (Cause) launched today in Brussels, and is made up of Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, FIDH, Human Rights Watch, the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, Privacy International and Reporters without Borders.

"The unchecked development, sale and export of these technologies is not justifiable," adds Kenneth Page at Privacy International. "Governments must swiftly take action to prevent these technologies spreading into dangerous hands."

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Heute hat sich in Brüssel das Bündnis CAUSE (Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports) zusammengefunden, um gegen den Export von Überwachungstechnologien an undemokratische und repressive Regimes zu kämpfen. CAUSE besteht aus mehreren international vertretenen NGOs wie Amnesty International, FIDH, Human Rights Watch, dem Open Technology Institute, Privacy International, Reporter ohne Grenzen und der Digitalen Gesellschaft.

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CAUSE, comprising Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, FIDH, Human Rights Watch, the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, Privacy International and Reporters without Borders – cites a $5 billion international trade in communication surveillance technologies and wants to hold both governments and private companies accountable for governments abuse of spying software and related tools and equipment.

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Our special report shining a light on the secretive Five Eyes alliance, where we lay out how the laws around which the Five Eyes are constructed violate human rights law, and argue the Five Eyes States owe a general duty not to interfere with communications that pass through their territorial borders.

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New technologies may hold great benefits for the developing world, but without strong legal frameworks ensuring that rights are adequately protected, they pose serious threats to populations they are supposed to empower.

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The Snowden revelations have reverberated throughout the world, sparking an international debate on state power and what privacy and freedom of expression means in the digital age.

The impact of the Snowden disclosures is global. While we view the debate from our domestic perspective, the impact has been significant for those who defend human rights and fight surveillance in emerging democracies.

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"Aujourd'hui, il peut enregistrer les conversations téléphoniques, avoir accès aux textos... Ce qui n'était pas le cas il y a encore un an", fulmine Matthew Rice, de l'organisation à but non lucratif Privacy International, basée à Londres.

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We need to act as well as think. Civil society organisations such as Privacy International and Ethical Census are dedicated to campaigning on privacy-related issues, and are always on the lookout for new recruits and donors.

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"The reason tagging services like this are problematic is that by default companies switch on these functions for their users when it should be the other way around," Mike Rispoli, communications manager at Privacy International told PC Pro.

"Anyone who's using Twitter, you shouldn't be automatically opted in, you should be able to choose to participate in it, not the other way around."
 

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Dr Richard Tynan, of lobby group Privacy International, discusses a garda tender outlining requirements to collect phone calls at 21 stations.

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According to Dr. Richard Tynan, technologist with Privacy International, “…without the ability of the security community to examine the baseband software of the new Ubuntu Phone, the open-source nature of the remaining element may provide no more assurances than other open-source phone operating systems such as Android.”

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"This story is pretty frightening," Privacy International spokesman Mike Rispoli told DW. "It's extremely remarkable just from a technical standpoint that they have it." On top of this, given that MYSTIC was launched in 2009 and according to the Post "reached full capacity against the first target nation in 2011," we can only guess at the program's reach and power now. "This is news from a few years ago," Rispoli pointed out. "We don't know where they're at right now in terms of capacity."

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Campaign groups such as Privacy International and Amnesty International are currently outspoken in their criticism of lax export controls on IT intrusion software, having expressed their concerns to Parliament repeatedly.

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Privacy International's Mike Rispoli speaks with Channel 4 News about how shopping centres can track where shoppers go and what shops they visit, through their phones.

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Neanche un mese fa “l'Espresso” aveva rivelato che “Privacy International” , una delle più rispettate organizzazioni internazionali per la difesa della privacy, aveva scritto al governo italiano per chiedere spiegazioni sulla Hacking Team, dopo che l'azienda era finita sulle cronache internazionali perché il suo trojan aveva preso di mira attivisti e giornalisti di paesi noti per la repressione politica.

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Richard Tynan, writing for PrivacyInternational.org, recently pointed out that the baseband – the firmware in a cellphone that does the actual "communicate with the cellular network" side of things – in Ubuntu-powered phones will remain closed source (and highly proprietary). ... This is, to say the least, a bummer. And Richard Tynan makes the point that this is a missed opportunity for Canonical to have required an Open Source baseband on the phones that ship with Ubuntu.

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Democratic governments could impose limits on the exports of surveillance technology to prevent the tools from being used to suppress the media and violate human rights, according to a new report. The analysis from the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, Britain’s Privacy International and Germany’s Digitale Gesellschaft found that existing export control regulations are out of date and unsuited for modern technology.

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