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Privacy International comments on the zero draft of the WHO’s Pandemic Treaty

The inclusion of a privacy and confidentiality provision is welcome, but significant gaps remain which need to be addressed to ensure the treaty puts human rights at the centre of the prevention and response to future pandemics.

EU Ombudsman investigates Frontex and EEAS over their support in developing surveillance capabilities in non-EU countries

“The EU cannot continue to undermine human rights outside of its borders under the guise of fighting terrorism and curbing migration. Surveillance technologies are at the crux of rising digital authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa region, and the EU should not sponsor this trend.”

End-to-end encryption provides us with a secure space for free speech and should be expanded

In a new report, Privacy International explores the human rights implications of end-to-end encryption, and rejects proposals by governments, intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies for access to the content of or the banning of this type of communication.

Social safety net projects and surveillance

After analysing a sample of World Bank-financed Covid-19 Response initiatives, PI argues that certain aspects of social protection projects can inadvertently lead to excessive surveillance and interfere with people’s dignity and right to privacy.

Office 365 and working from home: Is your boss spying on you?

“Imagine your performance at work was assessed directly from the amount of e-mails sent, the amount of time consumed editing a document, or the time spent in meetings or even moving your mouse. This may sound ludicrous but your boss might be doing exactly that.”

Surveillance industry finally facing scrutiny, but will it change anything?

In December, eighteen U.S. lawmakers demanded that the U.S. government impose sanctions on four non-US surveillance companies for, as they mention in their letter, facilitating “disappearance, torture and murder of human rights activists and journalists”.

Anish Kapoor, CEO of Techno and Inflix India, presents some newly designed smartphones, in Kolkata, India, 23 August 2017, DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images

Weak cellphone device security exposes millions to data rights violations

Investigations by Privacy International expose cellphone manufacturer TECNO’s weaknesses in protecting users’ privacy and security at risk.

A person suffering from anorexia uses a calorie counting app, 22 June 2013, BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

How the diet industry exploits your data

More and more companies selling diet programmes are targeting internet users with online tests, with little to no clarity about what happens to the personal data you share.