Government

Long Read

The Court of Justice of the European Union issued judgments in three cases in the UK, France and Belgium. We answer some of the main questions.

Video

This satirical video is a critique of the UK government's reliance on 'technological solutionism' in the fight against Coronavirus and increasingly across public services more widely, and their willingness to then scapegoat ‘mutant algorithms’ when their hopes for technological panaceas inevitably fail.

Press release

Privacy International today launch a specially commissioned video by Cassetteboy, about the UK government’s technological hubris in response to the Coronavirus crisis.

Video

The European Union's top court rules that UK, French and Belgian mass surveillance regimes must respect privacy. But what does that mean for governments' data collection schemes? And what does it take to fight a legal battle lasting years?

Press release

Today the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the UK, French and Belgian bulk data collection or retention regimes (often referred to as ‘mass surveillance’) must be brought within EU law.

Press release
A joint press release from Privacy International, Reprieve, CAJ, and the Pat Finucane Centre. Agents of MI5 and other Government bodies could be legally authorised to commit crimes under new legislation introduced today. There appear to be no express limits in the legislation on the types of crime
Long Read

No Tech For Tyrants, a UK grassroots organisation, is explaining Palantir's involvement with the UK government, including their partnership with the NHS. They explore the concerns public-private partnerships between Palantir and governments raise , and what this means for our rights.

Case Study

Police forces in the UK started trialing facial recognition technology in public events a few years ago, but are taking a step further in the questionable use of this extremely intrusive technology.

Long Read

Surveillance partnerships between Amazon Ring and law-enforcement around the world create an interconnected surveillance network that poses a serious threat to our privacy and other freedoms.

Explainer

Top tips on how to Freedom of Information requests from people who actually file FOI requests!

Case Study

Unwanted Witness, our partner organisation based in Uganda, explore critical questions around Huawei's surveillance dealings with the Ugandan government raise. While Huawei's relationship with the government raises concerns for human rights, many of these concerns remain unaddressed.

Case Study

SHARE, an organisation based in Belgrade, are investigating Huawei's dealings with the Serbian government. In this case study, they explain what obstacles they faced and how they used public action to overcome them.

 

Press release

A new ICO report, which comes as a result of a complaint PI made in 2018, criticises the UK Police for the way in which they are taking data from people's phones, including the victims of crimes. The report calls for reforms and safeguards so that people's data and privacy is protected from unnecessarily intrusive practices.

News & Analysis

On June 9th, in light of the global debate against racial injustices, the company IBM announced they would stop selling facial recognition. Here are 4 quick-fire thoughts we have on this.

News & Analysis

Amazon announced that they will be putting a one-year suspension on sales of its facial recognition tech to law enforcement. Here is why think there is still a long way to go.

News & Analysis

We, alongside 6 other organisations, have sent a letter to the government asking them to reconsider the design of the UK NHSx Covid-19 track and trace app.

We are seriously concerned that the app will create exlusion and enhance existing discrimination, gather incomplete data, and won't be as effective as it could be in tackling this virus.

Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial governments across have put in place numerous emergency measures to curtail behaviour in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. The orders include placing people under quarantine, limiting gatherings, closing schools and businesses, barring most visits to
Long Read

Palantir, the US data giant which works with intelligence and immigration enforcement agencies, has responded to our questions about its work on a highly sensitive National Health Service (NHS) project, providing some assurances, passing the buck to the NHS, and raising additional questions.

Case Study

You have the right to organize and participate in peaceful meetings.

Case Study

You have the right to own things. No one has the right to illegally take them from you.

Advocacy

Privacy International has joined JCWI, Liberty, Medact and other UK civil society organisations to call on Priti Patel, the UK Home Secretary to enact urgent changes to ensure the safety of migrants in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Long Read

Universities in the UK and China, the Met Police, and surveillance companies are working on a government-funded programme developing "unconstrained face recognition technology".

Case Study

You are considered innocent until it can be proved you are guilty according to law. If accused of a crime you have the right to a defence.

Long Read

PI presents its analysis of the Huduma Numba judgment in three parts: the clear wins, the parts that make some small steps forward but could have been better and the dissapointing losses.

Case Study

Trials should be public and tried in a fair manner by an impartial and independent tribunal.

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Trials should be public and tried in a fair manner by an impartial and independent tribunal.

News & Analysis

Privacy International (PI) and Liberty have filed on Friday, 31 January 2020, a complaint with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), the judicial body that oversees the intelligence agencies, against MI5 in relation to how they handle vast troves of personal data.

News & Analysis

PI explains why the judgement of the Kenyan High Court's judgement on the Huduma Namba matters globally.

Case Study

The law is the same for everyone and should be applied in the same manner to all.

Case Study

You should be legally protected in the same way everywhere like anyone else.

News & Analysis

Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union, issued his opinions on how he believes the Court should rule on vital questions relating to European national security mass retention regimes. All three regimes in question were in his opinion incompatible.

Long Read

When government searches shift from the phone to the cloud: cloud extraction technology and ‘the future of mobile forensics’

Case Study

Everyone has the right to life and to live freely and safety.

Case Study

No one has the right to torture you.

Case Study

Everyone can claim their rights regardless of sex, race, language, religion, social standing, etc.