The GNI continues to urge the Brazilian government to adhere to international human rights standards on free expression and privacy and to refrain from blocking access to communications platforms.
Local staff working in many countries may be increasingly targeted for arrest or intimidation in cases where they are involved in the provision of encrypted services.
On Thursday, March 3, 2016, GNI Director of Policy and Learning Lisl Brunner presented to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) at a briefing titled “Internet Freedom in the Age of Dictators and Terrorists.”
Encryption and anonymity are foundations for freedom of expression and privacy around the world.
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Twitter Submit Written Evidence on the UK Investigatory Powers Bill
"Governments have a responsibility to protect people and their privacy. We believe a legal framework can protect both.” Read more to find the full submission.
The UK has an opportunity to lead on a global framework for data based on transparency and the rule of law. Read more to find the full GNI submission.
The Global Network Initiative is concerned that Pakistan’s Cybercrime Bill will usher in a new era of unprecedented restriction on the free flow of information for its citizens.
The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is troubled by a provision in the new communications law of Kazakhstan which would require all Internet users to install a “national security certificate” on their devices. The certificate would permit government authorities to access all Internet traffic, regardless of whether encryption technology is used. Governments should support strong encryption, and rather than compromising digital security, they should use legal process to make requests of companies who encrypt and store their users’ data.
A Brazilian court’s decision instituted a nationwide blocking of the WhatsApp messaging service on December 17. The GNI urges the Brazilian government to adhere to international human rights standards on free expression and privacy and to refrain from blocking access to communications platforms.
In its latest transparency report, Facebook has reported an 18 percent increase in official requests for its users' data around the world.