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August 16 2013

2013 The Public Voice Civil Society Meeting

The Public Voice will hold a privacy and consumer protection meeting in conjunction with the 35th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, at the the Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre. Registration is open for the Public Voice meeting. The Data Protection Conference will take place 23-26 September 2013.

September 26 2012

2012 The Public Voice Civil Society Meeting

The Public Voice will hold a privacy and consumer protection meeting in conjunction with the 34th Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference on Monday, 22 October 2011 at the the Conrad Hotel Punta del Este Uruguay. The Data Protection Conference will take place 23-24 October 2012.

May 04 2011

Global Internet Governance: Research and Public Policy Challenges for the Next Decade

On May 5-6, 2011, GigaNet and American University are co-hosting a conference in Washington, D.C. on "Global Internet Governance: Research and Public Policy Challenges for the Next Decade." The two-day conference, which includes key government officials and Internet policy experts, aims to engage policy makers and feature scholarly presentations on peer-reviewed papers. Topics include privacy, IP addressing, world affairs, the ICANN regime, and freedom of expression. The Public Voice recently co-sponsored an Internet townhall at the ICANN40 meeting in San Francisco to discuss emerging issues for the online community. Those who wish to attend the American University event can register online, and remote participation is available for those outside of the D.C. metropolitan area.

October 18 2010

2010 The Public Voice Civil Society Meeting

The Public Voice will hold a privacy and consumer protection conference in conjunction with the 32nd Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference on Monday, 25 October 2010 at the Crown Plaza in Jerusalem. The OECD has also scheduled a symposium on October 26 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the OECD Privacy Guidelines. The Data Protection Conference will take place on 27-29 October 2010.

January 21 2010

US Secretary of State Backs Internet Freedom

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today a new U.S. policy that urges the protection of Internet freedom and privacy for the 21st century. "Those who use the internet to recruit terrorists or distribute stolen intellectual property cannot divorce their online actions from their real world identities. But these challenges must not become an excuse for governments to systematically violate the rights and privacy of those who use the internet for peaceful political purposes," she noted. The Secretary of State endorsed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and stressed that the United States "does stand for a single Internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas." She also applauded efforts such as the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime that facilitates international cooperation in prosecuting such offenses. Privacy advocates around the world are rallying behind the Madrid Privacy Declaration (2009), which urges countries that have not ratified Council of Europe Convention 108, together with the Protocol of 2001 to do so as expeditiously as possible in order to complement the CoE Convention on Cybercrime. They are also calling for the establishment of a new international framework for privacy protection, with the full participation of civil society. Recently, the UN Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism released its Annual Report calling for a global declaration on data protection and data privacy

December 20 2009

Telecom Package entered into force

On December 18, 2009, the Telecom Package took effect with its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Package brings 12 reforms to pave way for stronger consumer rights, an open internet, a single European telecoms market. Under the ePrivacy directive, communications service providers will also be required to notify consumers of security breaches, persistent identifiers ("cookies") will become opt-in, there will be enhanced penalties for spammers, and national data protection agencies will receive new enforcement powers. Member states then have 18 months to transpose the Directive into national law.

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 15 2009

Latin America: Children's Online Privacy

On December 3, 2009, the Memorandum of Montevideo was presented in Mexico DF. The general objective of the document is to contribute to promote awareness of the risks that social networking can pose to children and adolescents. The presentation of the Memorandum of Montevideo in Mexico was an opportunity to bring together representatives from industry, media, legislators, judges, parents, civil society organizations and education authorities in order to promote and encourage the adoption of public policies aimed at protecting children's online privacy.

AEDH-EDRI: European Civil Society Data Protection Award

AEDH (European Association for the Defence of Human rights) and EDRI (European Digital Rights) launch the first edition of the European Civil Society Data Protection Award (ECSDPA). The prize aims at rewarding positive initiatives contributing to the visibility and effectiveness of right to privacy and to the protection of personal data in Europe. The ECSDPA prize will be awarded each year on 28 January, as a European Civil Society contribution to the Data Protection Day. Such achievements and initiatives have to enhance public awareness, stimulate creative and constructive input, and favor useful exchanges of information at any level, from the very local neighborhood to the whole European continent. The award is open to all non-governmental organisations, trade unions, non-profit institutions and any other civil society actor from the 47 member States of the Council of Europe. The ECSDPA winner will benefit from a one week lobbying training in Brussels, travel expenses and lodging being fully covered. The ECSDPA initiative, the first of its kind, has been made possible thanks to the support of The Law Science Technology & Society Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (LSTS/VUB) and The Flemish-Dutch House deBuren. You can find the operational details about the prize, including application and selection procedures here. The deadline for submitting nominations is 15 January 2010. Nominations should be sent to: For any further information, please contact:

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

October 08 2009

International Civil Society Coalition To Discuss Global Privacy Standards

The Public Voice, an international civil society coalition, will discuss: Global Privacy Standards in a Global World; during its conference on November 3, 2009 in Madrid, Spain, to be held in conjunction with the 31st Annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. Prominent advocates and experts from the academic, consumer, digital rights and labor communities will discuss with public officials and the business sector how to raise privacy awareness in the global community; and how to promote civil society participation in decision making processes towards the adoption of better privacy and data protection standards globally. The Conference will first review recent privacy and human rights developments and major privacy activism campaigns around the world. Stavros Lambrinidis, Vice-President of the European Parliament, is invited to comment on the most recent developments. The Conference will also address current challenges raised by emerging technologies and business practices: representatives from civil society and from the business sector will discuss privacy implications of issues such as cloud computing or Internet search. It will further address transborder data flows in the public and private sector, from passenger name records and financial transactions to the outsourcing of personal data. The final Conference panel will launch the Madrid Civil Society Declaration on Global Privacy Standards; that will be discussed by invited public data protection officials from OECD, the EU Article 29 Working Party, USA and Canada. Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor, will provide closing remarks. The Conference is sponsored by the Spanish Data Protection Agency and it is free to all participants. Registration is compulsory. Register NOW. Detailed program, registration and practical information at: Contact: Katitza Rodriguez, The Public Voice Coordinator, katitza AT epic DOT org

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

September 23 2009

Internet Governance Forum - United States

The first IGF-USA will take place on October 2, 2009 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The IGF-USA is a multistakeholder effort to raise awareness about Internet governance issues and to contribute to awareness about the Internet Governance Forum. IGF-USA is a one day forum to engage civil society, government, technologists/researchers, industry and academia in discussions about topics that are being deliberated at a global level regarding governance of the Internet, including management of critical Internet resources, privacy, cyber security, access, openness/freedom of expression, child online safety, capacity building and development. At the IGF-USA, like the IGF itself, all parties participate on an equal footing, and through identifying and discussing issues, participants help to broaden understanding and identify possible best practices that can inform global decisions that affect the Internet.
  • When?: Friday, October 2, 2009
  • Where?: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, NW, Washington DC. The CSIS location is one block from the Farragut West station on the Orange and Blue lines. Take the 18th Street exit and walk north to the corner of 18th and K streets. CSIS is also just a few blocks away from the Farragut North station on the Red line.
Download the program here

September 22 2009

Weltweite Koalition der Zivilgesellschaft diskutiert globale Standards zum Schutz der Privatsphäre

‘Public Voice’, die größte weltweite Koalition der Zivilgesellschaft, wird “Globale Standards zum Schutz der Privatsphäre in einer globalen Welt” im Rahmen einer eigenen Konferenz am 3. November 2009 in Madrid, Spanien, diskutieren. Die Konferenz findet im zeitlichen Zusammenhang mit der 31. Internationalen Konferenz der Datenschutzbeauftragten statt. Prominente Experten und Vertreter von Hochschulen, Bürgerrechtsbewegungen, Verbraucherschutzorganisationen und Gewerkschaften diskutieren mit Entscheidungsträgern aus Politik und Wirtschaft, wie der Schutz der Privatsphäre in einer globalen Gemeinschaft unter angemessener Beteiligung der Zivilgesellschaft an den Entscheidungsprozessen verbessert werden kann. Die Konferenz wird aktuellen Entwicklungen im Recht auf Schutz der Privatsphäre und wichtigen Datenschutzkapagnen aus der ganzen Welt nachgehen. Stavros Lambrinidis, Vizepräsident des Europäischen Parlaments, ist eingeladen, diese aktuell wesentlichen Tendenzen zu kommentieren. Im Rahmen der Konferenz werden die gegenwärtigen Herausforderungen auf Grund neuer Technologien und Geschäftspraktiken adressiert: Vertreter der Zivilgesellschaft und der Wirtschaft werden die Auswirkungen von Internetsuchmaschinen und ‘Cloud Computing’ auf die Privatspähre diskutieren. Desweiteren werden grenzüberschreitenden Datenübertragungen im öffentlichen und privaten Sektor, von Passagier- und Finanzdaten bis hin zu ausgelagerten Personaldaten, behandelt. In der finalen Veranstaltung wird die Madrider Erklärung der Zivilgesellschaft für globale Standards zum Schutz der Privatsphäre; einem Kreis von geladenen Vertretern der OECD, der EU Artikel 29-Datenschutzgruppe, der USA und Kanada zur Diskussion gestellt. Peter Hustinx, der Europäische Datenschutzbeauftragte, wird die Abschlussrede halten. Die Konferenz wird von der Spanischen Datenschutzbehörde unterstützt und die Teilnahme ist frei. Die Anmeldung der Teilnahme ist notwendig. Bitte senden Sie Ihre Anmeldung an unter Nennung des vollständigen Namens der anzumeldenden Teilnehmer. Das Programm der Konferenz, die Anmeldung und praktische Informationen unter @thepublicvoice #globalprivacy Kontakt: Katitza Rodriguez, The Public Voice Coordinator, katitza AT epic DOT org

Coalizão da sociedade civil internacional se reúne para discutir padrões globais de Privacidade

A Public Voice, maior coalizão de organizações da sociedade civil global, vai discutir o tema “Padrões globais de privacidade no mundo globalizado" em conferência a ser realizada no dia 3 de novembro de 2009 em Madri (Espanha). O evento acontecera junto com a 31a. Conferência Internacional Anual de Comissariados de Proteção de Dados e Privacidade. Ativistas e especialistas de destaque - provindos da academia, de associações de consumidores, de organizações e movimentos de direitos digitais e de associações de profissionais - discutirão com autoridades públicas e representantes do setor privado sobre como conscientizar a comunidade global a respeito do tema da privacidade e como promover maior participação da sociedade civil em processos decisórios que envolvam a adoção de melhores padrões de proteção a dados pessoais e à privacidade, em nível global. A Conferência fará um panorama dos desenvolvimentos mais recentes no campo do direito humano à privacidade e das principais campanhas de defesa da privacidade em diversos países do mundo. Stavros Lambrinidis, Vice-Presidente do Parlamento Europeu, é a pessoa convidada a fazer comentários sobre as iniciativas e progressos apresentados. A Conferência também vai abordar os desafios atuais apresentados pelas tecnologias emergentes e por práticas de mercado: representantes da sociedade civil e do setor privado discutirão as implicações de temas como cloud computing e sistemas de busca na Internet sobre a privacidade dos usuários. Além disso, serão tratadas questões como o fluxo de dados transfronteiriço nos setores público e privado - o que abrange desde registros de passageiros de companhias de transporte até transações financeiras e outsorcing de dados pessoais. No painel de encerramento da conferência será lançada a “Declaração da Sociedade Civil sobre Padrões Globais de Privacidade” que será discutida por representantes da OECD, do Article 29 Working Party das Nações Unidas, e dos governos dos Estados Unidos e do Canadá. Peter Hustinx, Supervisor Europeu de Proteção de Dados fará as considerações finais no encerramento. A Conferência tem o apoio da Agência Espanhola de Proteção de Dados e a participação é gratuita. Para fazer inscrições A programação detalhada, área de registro e outras informações podem ser acessadas em: Contato: Katitza Rodriguez, coordenadora da The Public Voice - katitza AT epic DOT org
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