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Global Surveillance Monitor

In-depth reports on the current state of privacy in 195 countries around the world.

The newest incarnation of the Global Surveillance Monitor ("GSM") is a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive resource that aims to provide an open and current data set on all laws governing the surveillance and privacy of individuals worldwide.

Currently, accessing and comparing surveillance laws around the world is an arduous and time-consuming process, which often leads to unclear, unreliable, or incomplete results. Yet, access to law is fundamental to an individual's ability to participate fully in society. 

To facilitate that participation, we are developing GSM to create greater understanding of surveillance and privacy laws, how they compare across jurisdictions, and how they affect individuals. We hope that this ambitious project will provide what has thus far been unavailable: a one-stop shop for every country's surveillance and privacy laws.

GSM also seeks to address the issue of interoperability, a common difficulty many organisations have when integrating the valuable data they produce. By providing all the data in the form of RDF, a global standard for data publishing, our approach will allows us to integrate with existing databases in a seamless manner, while also allowing other organisations to use our data without any need to convert it between formats.

For over fifteen years, Privacy International has been co-publishing the 'Privacy and Human Rights' reports, global surveys of recent privacy developments. These studies have become the benchmark global review, used by international organisations, regulators and politicians to advance privacy protections in their own countries. The last global study was released in 2007 and was over 1,200 pages long. The global comparative map we published has been downloaded over a million times and republished hundreds of times in newspapers, blogs, research papers and books. In January 2011, we published a European study that analysed the national privacy and data protection landscapes of 33 European countries.

We are now using this expertise to build a transparent resource that will provide comprehensive, reliable and current data regarding global privacy and surveillance laws, ranging from constitutional privacy protections to data protection legislation to the rules governing communications surveillance.

By providing tools that can compare data, in the form of these legal provisions across jurisdictions, we hope to enable academic institutions, corporations, lawyers, NGOs, and policy makers to understand and advocate for better privacy protections worldwide.

Global Surveillance Monitor

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01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Spain. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. The report was updated in October 2010 by Antoni Farriols Sola at the Comisión de Libertades e Informática, in November 2010 by Ferran Adell at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and in January 2011 by Javier Sempere at the Agencia de Protección de Datos de la Comunidad de Madrid.

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01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Slovakia. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. Updates to the 2010 report have been provided by Marian Lauko and Michal Marhefka of Weinhold Legal.

We aim to keep our knowledge of the state of privacy across the world as up-to-date as possible - it is a huge undertaking and we are always keen to gather more local knowledge. If you have some information to share or you spot an error, please drop us a line at info@privacy.org. If you would like to support this crucial research project, please consider making a donation.  
 
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01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Germany. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. The report was updated in October 2010 by Werner Hülsmann at Datenschutz Consulting and completed by Kristina Irion and Cédric Laurant.

We aim to keep our knowledge of the state of privacy across the world as up-to-date as possible - it is a huge undertaking and we are always keen to gather more local knowledge. If you have some information to share or you spot an error, please drop us a line at info@privacy.org. If you would like to support this crucial research project, please consider making a donation.  
 

 

 
 
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01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Ireland. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. The latest version of this report was updated by Colin Irwin at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), in July 2010 by Rossa McMahon of Patrick G. McMahon Solicitors and in August 2010 by TJ McIntyre of University College Dublin.

We aim to keep our knowledge of the state of privacy across the world as up-to-date as possible - it is a huge undertaking and we are always keen to gather more local knowledge. If you have some information to share or you spot an error, please drop us a line at info@privacy.org. If you would like to support this crucial research project, please consider making a donation
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01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in the United Kingdom. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. We are grateful to the assistance and guidance of the contributors to the update of this report for the 2010 edition: Anna Mazzola of Hickman & Rose, Daniel Cooper, Mark Young, Shamma Iqbal and Philip Christofides of Covington & Burling and Ross Anderson of Cambridge University.

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01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Turkey. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. Updates to the 2010 report have been provided by Emre Berk at Bener Law Office.

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01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Switzerland. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. Updates to the 2010 report have been provided by Christian Thommen of Grundrechte Schweiz, Christoph Mueller of the University of Zurich and Heinrich Busch.

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01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Sweden. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. Updates to the 2010 report have been provided by Ola Svenonius, Ph.D student at Södertörn University.

We aim to keep our knowledge of the state of privacy across the world as up-to-date as possible - it is a huge undertaking and we are always keen to gather more local knowledge. If you have some information to share or you spot an error, please drop us a line at info@privacy.org. If you would like to support this crucial research project, please consider making a donation

 
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01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Estonia. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. Updates to the 2010 report have been provided by Matej Kovačič of the University of Ljubljana and Andrej Tomsic at the Office of the Information Commissioner, Slovenia.

We aim to keep our knowledge of the state of privacy across the world as up-to-date as possible - it is a huge undertaking and we are always keen to gather more local knowledge. If you have some information to share or you spot an error, please drop us a line at info@privacy.org. If you would like to support this crucial research project, please consider making a donation

 
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01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Romania. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. Updates to the Romanian Report published in the 2010 edition have been provided by Ioana Avadani of the Centrul pentru Jurnalism Independent and Bogdan Manolea of the Asociația pentru Tehnologie și Internet

We aim to keep our knowledge of the state of privacy across the world as up-to-date as possible - it is a huge undertaking and we are always keen to gather more local knowledge. If you have some information to share or you spot an error, please drop us a line at info@privacy.org. If you would like to support this crucial research project, please consider making a donation.

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