GNI Writes to the 21 Governments in the Freedom Online Coalition

Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 09:47

The Global Network Initiative has written to the 21 governments in the Freedom Online Coalition, asking them to report on the requests they make for electronic communications surveillance and to make it legally possible for companies to report regularly to the public on the government requests that they receive from law enforcement as well as national security authorities. The letters were sent to senior government officials responsible for foreign affairs, justice, and security, with copies to data protection authorities. Copies were also sent to permanent representatives to the United Nations offices in Geneva, in advance of discussions on human rights and communications surveillance at the 24th session of the Human Rights Council. 

The Freedom Online Coalition is a group of governments committed to collaborating to advance Internet freedom. The participating countries include: Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Latvia, the Republic of Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, The Netherlands, Sweden, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.