GNI Submission: Government of Canada’s Proposal for Addressing Harmful Content Online

Canada's leadership in supporting Internet freedom around the world could be undermined by the government’s recently proposed approach to content regulation. GNI expressed concerns about pressures to restrict content and facilitate access to user data in the current approach.

2021-09-27T14:21:23+00:00September 27, 2021|Categories: feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, media releases, surveillance|Tags: , |

Human Rights Due Diligence and the Digital Services Act — GNI and CDT Roundtable and Public Event

CDT Europe and GNI are pleased to share two reports from a recent closed-door expert roundtable and a public event looking at human rights due diligence in the tech policy sector and the DSA. Watch the public discussion or read the reports from both events.

GNI Letter and Analysis: Draft “Childhood Protection Law” in Colombia

The protection of the rights of children and adolescents are important and admirable aims, which GNI fully supports. However, as drafted, the proposed "childhood protection law" poses significant risks for freedom of expression and privacy, reflecting a rushed process, and including vague definitions, broad enforcement authorities for the executive, and significant obligations for intermediaries, including content filters.

2021-08-31T20:42:16+00:00August 30, 2021|Categories: feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, Letter, media releases|

Concerning Draft Decree in Brazil Threatens the Civil Rights Framework for the Internet

Given the significant constitutional, due process, human rights, and jurisdictional concerns that the draft presidential decree on freedom of expression and the Internet has generated, the undersigned organizations collectively call for it to be formally withdrawn.

2021-09-29T14:53:51+00:00August 2, 2021|Categories: feature, intermediary liability, Issues, issues highlight, media releases|Tags: , |

GNI-Freedom House Workshop: Data Localization and Human Rights

Data localization mandates can impact a broad range of human rights, including privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of association, personal security, and non-discrimination. The workshop hosted by GNI and Freedom House explored the technical and legal dimensions of data localization requirements and featured company and non-company perspectives.

GNI Expresses Concerns About and Calls on Indonesia to Reconsider the ‘MR5’ Regulation

"MR5" regulation in Indonesia, for which implementation is currently postponed, features problematic elements similar to those we have highlighted in other recent digital regulations: broad, vague definitions of companies and content in scope, significant threats of penalties for noncompliance, including to required local company contacts, and exceptional powers to access company data — both metadata and content of communications — including a potential direct access arrangement.

Defining Direct Access: GNI calls for greater transparency and dialogue around mandatory, unmediated government access to data

This web page calls attention to legal and technical arrangements that allow government authorities to access data streams directly – that is, without having to request data from, or even notify, the service providers that collect and/or transmit the data. Read more for the full GNI statement, "defining direct access", plus a one-page visual explainer and related resources.

2021-06-03T18:39:31+00:00June 3, 2021|Categories: feature, Issues, issues highlight, surveillance|Tags: , , |

Privacy and Artificial Intelligence: GNI Input to UN Human Rights Thematic Report

GNI welcomes this opportunity to provide input to UN Human Rights on the preparation of the thematic report on artificial intelligence and the right to privacy. In our submission, we outline risks and opportunities for human rights, recommended safeguards, and legal and regulatory considerations to ensure the increasing adoption of AI technologies contributes to the promotion and protection of the right to privacy.

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