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Response from Privacy International

Privacy International (PI) welcomes the publication of the Green Paper and the opportunity to respond to it.

PI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to defend the right to privacy across the world, and to fight surveillance and other intrusions into private life by governments and corporations. The organization’s objectives, as set forth in the governing document, areto promote the human right of privacy (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) throughout the world, specifically:

  • To raise awareness of, to conduct research about, and to provide educational materials regarding threats to personal privacy;
  • To monitor and report on surveillance methods and tactics employed against individuals and groups;
  • To work at national and international levels toward the provision of strong and effective privacy protections;
  • To monitor the nature, effectiveness and extent of measures to protect privacy, and to seek ways through information technology to protect personal information;

We are therefore responding to those aspects of the Green Paper that relate to our remit and functions as set out above, namely how the export of surveillance technologies from Member States of the European Union to non-democratic regimes affects the human rights of the citizens of the recipient countries.