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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

Report
01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Belgium. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. Updates to the Macedonian Report published in the 2010 edition of EPHR have been provided by Bardhyl Jashari, Filip Stojanovski, Vesna Paunkovska, Nade Naumovska, Elena Stojanovska and Zoran Gligorov at the Metamorphosis Foundation.

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

 
Report
01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Finland. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. 

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

 
Report
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. The 2010 report was updated with the assistance of Kaupo Lepasepp and Mihkel Miidla at Sorainen and Viive Naslund at Lepik & Luhaar Lawin.

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

 
Report
01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Denmark. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. Updates to the report published in the 2010 edition of EPHR have been provided by: Christoffer Badse at the Danish Institute for Human Rights and Michael Hopp at Plesner in Denmark.

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

 
Report
01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Croatia. 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 Ivan Gjurgjan of Gjurgjan & Šribar Radić and Jan Klasinc at the iDEMO Institute for Democracy.

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.  
Report
01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Bulgaria. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. Updates to the Bulgarian Report published in the 2010 edition of EPHR have been provided by Alexander Kashumov, Fani Davidova and Gergana Jouleva at the Access to Information Programme and Plamen M. Borissov of Borissov & Partners.

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.  
 
Report
01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Belgium. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013.

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

 
 
Report
01-Jan-2011

This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in Austria. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013.

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.
Report
31-Dec-2007

Since 1997, the US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center and the UK-based Privacy International have undertaken what has now become the most comprehensive survey of global privacy ever published. The Privacy & Human Rights Report surveys developments in 70 countries, assessing the state of surveillance and privacy protection.

Report
12-Dec-2006

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