Category Archive: Privacy advocacy

Analysis: who should become the first UN rapporteur on privacy?

 By Simon Davies Back in March, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution to appoint a Special Rapporteur on Privacy. This was a landmark decision – and one that is well overdue. The role will be pivotal. A Special Rapporteur has the potential to create clarity and focus on a massively complex issue …

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A Denmark-based initiative could be the most strategically potent step yet for privacy rights

By Simon Davies COPENHAGEN  Rights campaigners, legal experts, journalists and officials from a range of local professional bodies met yesterday in Copenhagen to map out an innovative Denmark-based initiative aimed at forcing politicians and government officials to speak the truth when they propose intrusive security and policing measures. The event was driven by concerns that …

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Why opposing privacy reform is now dinosaur thinking

By Simon Davies If anyone wants proof of the relevance of privacy, they need only reflect on the fact that over the past three years, almost every government and corporation on earth has been repeatedly forced to address the issue. Wherever you turn – the WTO, WEF, IMF, the UN, the ILO or even Bilderberg …

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Five actions individual citizens can take against security agencies

By Simon Davies One irony of the storm over the NSA and other security agencies is that many people hope the matter will be resolved by the very institutions that nurtured the problems in the first place. There’s a largely misplaced trust that government and judicial systems have the ability – and the will – …

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Privacy International – foundation stone of the global privacy movement – turns 25 today

By Simon Davies On this day 25 years ago, in the sterile bar of an anonymous business hotel in Luxembourg, I hosted the first meeting of the global watchdog Privacy International. Numerically tiny as it was, that moment – in many respects – marked the commencement of the international privacy advocacy movement. I recall that …

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The Code Red project is launched as whistleblowers warn of unprecedented threats to privacy

  BERLIN The whistleblower community turned out in force last night in Berlin for the launch of the long-awaited Code Red security accountability project. The Code Red initiative was created by veteran privacy activist Simon Davies in response to mounting concerns that government surveillance and intrusion has escalated – despite the Snowden national security disclosures …

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Stop being so angry about privacy invasion – get furious

By Simon Davies I received a troubling email this week from a straight-shooting Privacy Surgeon reader. He asked why I’m “so angry about everything”. This subversive poke needs to be shared for comment. Over nearly thirty years as a privacy advocate I’ve been accused of being everything from a propagandist for the hard-left, to a …

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Privacy Surgeon lodges complaint against four police forces over border violations

By Simon Davies The Privacy Surgeon has lodged a detailed complaint with the European Commission against four national police authorities, setting out allegations of serious border control violations. The complaint alleges that police in Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy have re-introduced border checks by stealth at some rail crossings into their respective countries. This action …

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A new global initiative aims to accelerate reform of national security organisations

By Simon Davies A four-month consultation begins today to explore options for a major new global initiative to support the fight against unlawful and excessive surveillance by national security organisations. The initiative was launched only hours after the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to limit the National Security Agency’s ability to conduct covert domestic …

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Another NSA contractor ponders whether to go public

By Simon Davies With the first anniversary of Edward Snowden’s public debut little more than a month away, another NSA contractor is considering releasing new information on global intelligence arrangements between the US and European spy agencies. The coder – who for the moment we’ll identify only as the gender-neutral  “XY” – first contacted the …

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