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February 23 2010

The Widening Web of Control

The International Council on Human Rights Policy have published a draft report named The Widening Web of Control: A Human Rights Analysis of Public Policy Responses to Crime, Social Problems and Deviance, which is available for comments and review. The multidisciplinary project involved research in five different policy areas: public health/infectious diseases control; city and urban poor; punishment and incarceration; policing and surveillance; controls over migrant and non-citizens.

February 16 2010

IGF 2010 First Round Meeting

An open consultation to discuss the agenda of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Vilnius was held in Geneva, Switzerland on February 9, 2010. During the consultation, a discussion on the desirability of continuation of the IGF was introduced by Patrick Spearing from the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA). UNDESA is the Secretariat department having responsibility for the report containing the recommendations of the Secretary-General on the desirability of continuation of the IGF. Mr Spearing recalled that "the forum was established by a U.N. General Assembly decision on the basis of the Tunis Agenda," and that "it will be the United Nations membership that determines whether or not to support its continuation." Mr Spearing further stressed that, "in order for the General Assembly to consider the recommendations of the Secretary-General, the report of the Secretary-General containing those recommendations must be submitted to the UN General Assembly at the 65th session later in 2010." Mr. Spearing also noted that the United Nations Economic and Social Council has primary responsibility for relations among development actors and does have a mechanism for consultation with nongovernmental organizations. Switzerland as the President of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology (CSTD) made a point concerning the multistakeholder approach. "The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology has the advantage of taking a broader approach to the multistakeholder aspect. By that I mean, that the CSTD also provides for consultations with the private sector, which ECOSOC does not do. And also with a broader view of consultations with civil society." Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter criticizes the decision. He stressed, "this is part of a bigger story to move backwards, to cancel openness, transparency and bottom up policy development process and to withdraw from the principle of "multistakeholderism". He further stressed that the decision's aims is "to get the Internet policy processes back under control of an intergovernmental regime and to silence non-governmental stakeholders, at least if it comes to public policy issues and decision making." Prof. Kleinwächter added, "This recognition of the principle of "multistaklehoderism" in the Tunis Agenda 2005 was the biggest conceptual achievement in WSIS and was in particular accepted as a guiding principle for Internet Governance in contrast to a "one stakeholder (intergovernmental) approach". The acceptance of civil society as an "equal parter" (in their specific role) was a big step for civil society, Prof. Kleinwächter emphasized. Later in 2010, the United Nations General Assembly will decide if it should extend the Internet Governance Forum's initial five-year mandate, based on a review of its work as well as its achievements.
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February 03 2010

The 2010 European Civil Society Award Results

The European Association for the Defense of Human Rights and EDRI presented the first European Civil Society Data Protection Award to "PER.SONN.ES (in French), or FAKEFRIENDS.ME (in English). " / [is] an original and positive initiative contributing to the visibility and effectiveness of the right to privacy by raising awareness and helping to build conscious critical thinking," the Jury noted. The Jury was conformed by Pierre Barge (AEDH), Emilie Barrau (BEUC), Aleksejs Dimitrovs (AEDH), Serge Gutwirth (LSTS/VUB), Paul de Hert (LSTS/VUB), Andreas Krisch (EDRI), Meryem Marzouki (EDRI), Yves Poullet (CRID), and Daniel Retureau (EESC).

February 02 2010

ACT NOW: Save the Independent Media in South Korea

MediAct in Korea has played a critical role to support the independent film and video production, the citizens' media monitoring movement, and the trade union movement in South Korea since the 1980s. However, in the past two years, the media landscape and culture sector has undergone some drastic changes under the Lee Myung-bak regime. Now MediAct is facing the crisis of shut down with the massive and target-oriented budget cutting by Korean government. Support MediAct - Sign the Petition. For more information: MediAct Facebook Group.

January 06 2010

Stop Digital Strip Search in airports!

As supporters of the Madrid Declaration, we are calling on national governments to suspend the deployment of body scanners until a full evaluation of the technology is completed. As the Declaration states, we: "Call for a moratorium on the development or implementation of new systems of mass surveillance, including facial recognition, whole body imaging, biometric identifiers, and embedded RFID tags, subject to a full and transparent evaluation by independent authorities and democratic debate;" The Madrid Privacy Declaration is a substantial document that reaffirms international instruments for privacy protection, identifies new challenges, and recommends specific actions. Recommended Actions: JOIN - Facebook Group: Stop Airport Strip Searches ENDORSE - Privacy Coalition: Sign the Petition to the US Congress ENDORSE: Madrid Privacy Declaration SIGN - International Boycott of Body Scanners (IBBS) SIGN - UK Petition to abandon the proposed rollout of airport body scanners. POST - Stop Digital Strip Searches image Reference materials: Madrid Privacy Declaration EPIC, Whole Body Imaging Technology EPIC, Spotlight on Surveillance Privacy International, "statement on proposed deployments of body scanners in airports"[347]=x-347-565802 TSA, Imaging Technology Michael Chertoff ("Former homeland security chief argues for whole-body imaging")
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January 01 2010

Privacy International responds to the EU Consultation on Personal Data Protection

From July 2009 until December 31, 2009, the European Commission held a consultation on the legal framework for the fundamental right to protection of personal data. The objective of the consultation was to obtain views on the new challenges for personal data protection in order to maintain an effective and comprehensive legal framework to protect individual’s personal data within the European Union. Privacy International has responded to the European Commission's consultation highlighting its vitally support to the Directive and how it has indeed provided Europe, and the world, with a benchmark for privacy protection. PI's responds is available here.

December 16 2009

Act Now - Take the Survey: Say NO to Biometric Identifiers

The Consumer Travel Alliance is conducting a survey of travelers attitudes toward biometric screening. This includes fingerprinting, photographs and iris scans. It will mean more time passing through international borders and require visitors to share far more information than before with border control agents. Take the survey and say NO to biometric Identifiers! The Civil Society Madrid Privacy Declaration signed by more than 300 non for profit organizations, individuals and expert around the world called for a moratorium on the development of the implementation of new systems of mass surveillance, like "biometric identifiers." Sign now the Madrid Privacy Declaration.

December 11 2009

International Human Rights Day 2009

It is our duty to ensure that these rights are a living reality -- that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. It is often those who most need their human rights protected, who also need to be informed that the Declaration exists -- and that it exists for them. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
On the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Public Voice coalition calls on people around the world to sign the Civil Society Madrid Declaration. The Madrid Declaration affirms "that privacy is a fundamental human right set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and other human rights instruments and national constitutions;" reminds "all countries of their obligations to safeguard the human rights of their citizens and residents." The Madrid Declaration warns that "privacy law and privacy institutions have failed to take full account of new surveillance practices." The Declaration urges countries "that have not yet established a comprehensive framework for privacy protection and an independent data protection authority to do so as expeditiously as possible." Please, celebrate human rights day today, and spread the word of the campaign!

December 06 2009

No hay tiempo que perder: Firma la Declaracion de Privacidad de Madrid

Más de 250 organizaciones de la sociedad civil, bloggers, activistas, expertos en privacidad, geeks en más de 40 países están instando a los países de todo el mundo que salvaguarden la privacidad, un derecho humano fundamental. Los gobiernos y las empresas están reuniendo mucha información sobre las personas, con muy pocas protecciones. Los nuevos sistemas de identificación, seguimiento y la vigilancia pone en peligro los derechos de los ciudadanos y los consumidores. La coalición de La Voz pública (The Public Voice) están alentando a los ciudadanos de todo el mundo a firmar la declaración de privacidad de Madrid sobre estándares de privacidad para un mundo global. Los miembros de la coalición haran recordar a nuestros gobiernos y corporaciones, en toda oportunidad, en toda reunión a nivel nacional, regional e internacional que deben proteger nuestro derecho a controlar nuestra propia información personal. Act Now: Firma la Declaración de Madrid sobre la privacidad y la proteccion de datos personales, enviando un correo electrónico a con los siguientes datos: Nombre: Título / Afiliación: Pais: Opcional: Comparte tus ideas de cómo puedes contribuir a difundir la campaña! ¿Quiénes estan blogueando acerca de la Declaración de privacidad de Madrid?

November 11 2009

Civil Society Groups and Privacy Experts Release Madrid Declaration, Reaffirm International Privacy Laws, Identify New Challenges and Call for Concrete Action to Safeguard Privacy

In a crisply worded declaration, over 100 civil society organizations and privacy experts from more than 40 countries have set out an expansive statement on the future of privacy. The Madrid Declaration affirms that privacy is a fundamental human right and reminds "all countries of their obligations to safeguard the civil rights of their citizens and residents." The Madrid Declaration warns that "privacy law and privacy institutions have failed to take full account of new surveillance practices." The Declaration urges countries "that have not yet established a comprehensive framework for privacy protection and an independent data protection authority to do so as expeditiously as possible." The civil society groups and experts recommend a "moratorium on the development or implementation of new systems of mass surveillance." Finally, the Declaration calls for the "establishment of a new international framework for privacy protection, with the full participation of civil society, that is based on the rule of law, respect for fundamental human rights, and support for democratic institutions." The Madrid Declaration was released at the Public Voice conference in Madrid on Global Privacy Standards. Multiple translations of the Declaration are available. You can still sign the Madrid Declaration until January 28, 2010, International Privacy Day. Please, send your signature to privacy @ datos-personales DOT org

November 03 2009

Citizen's Journalism in Spain: Periodismo Ciudadano

At the conference, Global Privacy Standards for a Global World, the team from Periodismo Ciudadano is live blogging about the event. A nice coverage of the panel: Activism and Privacy in a Global World has been released.

October 21 2009

La Coalizione Internazionale della Società Civile discuterà

degli Standard Globali della Privacy
Madrid, 3 novembre 2009
‘The Public Voice’, la più grande coalizione mondiale della società civile, organizzerà una conferenza a Madrid, Spagna, il 3 novembre 2009, per discutere degli ‘Standard Globali della Privacy in un Mondo Globale’. La conferenza si svolgerà in coordinazione con la 31ª Conferenza Internazionale Annuale dei Garanti della Privacy e della Protezione dei Dati. Interverranno alla conferenza sia alcuni fra i principali attivisti ed esperti della comunità accademica, della protezione dei consumatori e dei diritti digitali e del sindacato, sia funzionari pubblici e rappresentanti del settore privato. Insieme, discuteranno su come mantenere alto l’interesse della comunità globale riguardo ai temi della privacy, e su come promuovere la partecipazione della società civile nei processi decisionali che hanno come obiettivo l’adozione di migliori standard globali di protezione della privacy e dei dati personali. La conferenza inizierà con la rassegna sia dei più recenti sviluppi riguardo la privacy e la protezione dei dati, sia delle principali campagne di attivismo. Stavros Lambrinidis, Vice-Presidente del Parlamento Europeo, è stato inviato a commentare i principali sviluppi in questo campo. La conferenza tratterà anche delle sfide attualmente poste dalle nuove tecnologie e dal alcune pratiche economiche: rappresentanti della società civile e del settore privato discuteranno le implicazioni per la privacy di pratiche quali il ‘cloud computing’ e i motori di ricerca internet. Verranno inoltri discussi i flussi transnazionali di dati nel settore pubblico e privato, dai dati dei passeggeri aerei e le transazioni finanziarie, al sub-appalto di dati personali. Durante l’ultima sessione della conferenza sarà presentata la ‘Dichiarazione di Madrid della Società Civile sugli Standard Globali’. La dichiarazione sarà discussa da funzionari responsabili della protezione dei dati personali dell’OCSE, del Gruppo di Lavoro Articolo 29 dell’UE, degli Stati Uniti e del Canada. Peter Hustinx, Garante Europeo della Protezione dei Dati, chiuderà la conferenza presentando alcune osservazioni finali. La conferenza è patrocinata dall’Agenzia Spagnola di Protezione dei Dati Personali, ed è gratuita per tutti i partecipanti. Il programma, il modulo d’iscrizione e le informazioni pratiche sono disponibili al sito: Per informazioni: Katitza Rodriguez, The Public Voice Coordinator, katitza AT epic DOT org

October 10 2009

September 25 2009

A civil szervezetek nemzetközi szövetsége megvitatja a magánélet védelmének globális normáit

Madrid, 2009. november 3. A világ legszélesebb civil társadalmi szövetsége, a „Public Voice” 2009. november 3-án Madridban (Spanyolország) tartandó konferenciáján vitát rendez „A privacy globális normái a globális világban” címmel. A konferenciát az adatvédelmi biztosok 31. éves nemzetközi konferenciájához kapcsolódóan rendezik meg. Az egyetemi szféra, a fogyasztói és a digitális jogok, valamint a munka világa prominens képviselői és szakértői vitatják meg köztisztviselőkkel és az üzleti szektorral, hogy miként lehet növelni az adatvédelmi tudatosságot a globális közösségben, és hogyan lehet elősegíteni a civil társadalom részvételét azokban a döntéshozatali folyamatokban, amelyek jobb adatvédelmi és magánélet-védelmi normák globális elfogadásához vezetnek. A konferencián elsőként áttekintik a legfrissebb privacy- és emberi jogi fejleményeket, valamint a világszerte lezajlott nagyobb privacy-aktivista kampányokat. Stavros Lambrinidis, az Európai Parlament alelnöke is meghívást kapott a legfrissebb fejlemények észrevételezésére. A konferencia foglalkozik azokkal a jelenlegi kihívásokkal is, amelyeket a fejlődő technológia és az új üzleti gyakorlat idéztek elő: a civil társadalom és az üzleti szektor képviselői megvitatják az olyan magánéleti vonatkozású témákat, mint a „cloud computing” vagy az internetes keresés. Szóba kerül továbbá a határátlépő adatáramlás a magán- és a közszektorban, az utaslistáktól a pénzügyi tranzakciókon át a személyes adatok kezelésének kiszervezéséig. A konferencia záró fóruma nyilvánosságra hozza a civil társadalom Madridi Nyilatkozatát a magánélet védelmének globális normáiról, amelyet az OECD-ből, az EU 29-es munkacsoportjából, az Egyesült Államokból és Kanadából meghívott adatvédelmi szakemberek vitatnak meg. A zárszót Peter Hustinx, az európai adatvédelmi biztos tartja. A konferencia támogatója a spanyol adatvédelmi hatóság, a részvétel ingyenes valamennyi résztvevő számára. A regisztráció kötelező. Kérjük, regisztráljon a címen. Kérjük, hogy teljes nevét adja meg, azokét is, akik nevében regisztrál. A részletes program, a regisztráció és a gyakorlati tudnivalók megtalálhatók a címen. @thepublicvoice #globalprivacy Kapcsolattartó: Katitza Rodriguez, The Public Voice Coordinator, katitza AT epic DOT org
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