We are building a global movement. We are supporting civil society partners in countries across the world, who constitute our international network of privacy advocates and researchers. Together we are building expertise on law and technology that investigates local developments and advocates for change.

We also take the fight to international forums. We advocate for strong standards at regional and international regulatory and human rights bodies such as the Inter-American and African systems, Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the United Nations. Vulnerable people are made more vulnerable by having their privacy interfered with and in some cases violated, which is why we call for protections in the humanitarian sector. 

Our international network

We fight for the right to privacy of everyone everywhere. People must have access to privacy protection without regard to citizenship, race and ethnicity, economic status, gender, age, education.

Since 2008, Privacy International has been leading an international network of privacy organisations. Together we use our emergent expertise and research to generate educational material, advocacy campaigns, and strategies that will support the development and sustainability of a global movement.

Our Approach

In our experience, the protection of privacy requires strategies for research, investigation of threats and abuses to privacy, and advocacy that emphasise both law and technology. Most importantly, we work with all stakeholders in a multi-disciplinary way to make this happen.

A vibrant and informed civil society all over the world is key to protecting this essential right. We focus on advancing the understanding of privacy globally to demonstrate its importance as we develop our societies and economies.

We are also taking various steps to support and fight for the open spaces for our network to operate:

  • Where civil society is under-resourced and facing increasingly challenging environments to operate safely and effectively, we work to provide more strategic resources, both financial and technical, to support civil society to harness nascent public interest;
  • Where there is limited debate, we conduct research on the systemic challenges and emerging opportunities so that we can effectively influence policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders, including the media, the legal and technology community;
  • Where there is limited access to information and transparency, we develop customised, research and investigation;
  • Where there is limited global public understanding of these issues, we conduct innovative awareness-raising and campaigning to raise public awareness about threats to our privacy and involve them in building a better future.


How it is funded

Funders include:

  • Sida, Unit for Demoncracy and Human Rights
  • IDRC, Innovation and Networks Unit
  • Ford Foundation, Internet Freedoms

How to join the international network

We are continually identifying partners across the Global South who work on diverse issues within the sphere of privacy, digital and human rights. As funding and engagement opportunities arise, we will be expanding the Network. Privacy International has developed key criteria to support its partner selection process.

Criteria for partner selection

The following criteria are considered by Privacy International when identifying partners:

Organisation capabilities
    •    Ability to engage in policy processes or in legal debates on privacy issues
    •    Experience, history and administrative resilience
    •    Non-dependence on project funds to guarantee functionality and sustainability of the organisation
    •    Research and/or policy background in human rights and/or privacy issues
    •    Well-established organisational structure and networks
    •    Innovative approaches to research design and methodology, and
    •    Prior experience of engaging with international partners.

Context and operating environment
    •    Prioritise ODA countries from three lower categories: lower ODA country categories, namely: ‘Least Developed Countries’, ‘Other Low Income Countries’ and   ‘Lower Middle Income Countries’;
    •    Demonstrated potential for policy impact in country of engagement (not necessarily on privacy);
    •    Manageable level of risk that may emerge from engagement.

Capacity to demonstrate
    •    Respect and understanding for PI’s organisational mission
    •    Application of equivalent standards of governance as Privacy International.

An expanded network

On top of our international network, we are working with other groups in Europe and North America to campaign and litigate against governments who lead the race to the bottom and industries who build capabilities that undermine us.