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Two years after Snowden, governments resist calls to end mass surveillance

4 June 2015


Governments must accept they have lost the debate over the legitimacy of mass surveillance and reform their oversight of intelligence gathering, Privacy International and Amnesty International said today in a briefing published two years after Edward Snowden blew the lid on US and UK intelligence agencies’ international spying network.

After legal claim filed against GCHQ hacking, UK government rewrite law to permit GCHQ hacking

15 May 2015


The Government has quietly ushered through legislation amending the anti-hacking laws to exempt GCHQ from prosecution. Privacy International and other parties were notified of this just hours prior to a hearing of their claim against GCHQ's illegal hacking operations in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.


13 May 2015


Privacy International is alarmed by the Moroccan Ministry of Interior's reaction to our report, 'Their Eyes on Me'. State news agency MAP reported on Friday that the Moroccan Ministry of Interior has initiated an investigation into “a group behind a report that allegedly accuses the intelligence services of spying on right activists and journalists.”

This is a politically motivated act of intimidation designed to silence civil society and stifle legitimate criticism of the Moroccan government.

International human rights organisations seriously concerned about the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 Pakistan

20 April 2015


Privacy International, ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch, Digital Rights Foundation, and other human rights organisations are seriously concerned by the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill in Pakistan. The Bill introduces a series of new provisions that pose a grave risk to freedom of expression and privacy in Pakistan.

United Nations establishes landmark role for expert to investigate and report on right to privacy

26 March 2015

The UN's top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, today has passed a landmark resolution endorsing the appointment of an independent expert on the right to privacy. For the first time in the UN's history, an individual will be appointed to monitor, investigate and report on privacy issues and alleged violations in States across the world.

Human rights organisations alarmed by bill that will give surveillance agencies dangerous new powers

25 March 2015

Privacy International, Amnesty International, FIDH, the French League for Human Rights and Reporters Without Borders are alarmed by the expansive surveillance powers to be granted to surveillance agencies contained in a Bill transferred to the French parliament on Friday. Under the new law, French intelligence agencies would be empowered to hack into computers and devices and spy on the communications of anyone who makes contact with a person under suspicion, even incidentally. The new law will enable them to do this without having to obtain a judicial warrant.

UK government claims power for broad, suspicionless hacking of computers and phones

18 March 2015

The British Government has admitted its intelligence services have the broad power to hack into personal phones, computers, and communications networks, and claims they are legally justified to hack anyone, anywhere in the world, even if the target is not a threat to national security nor suspected of any crime.