Surveillance

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GNI members believe that freedom of expression and privacy are critical to fostering stability, inclusiveness, and security. As such, GNI believes that government surveillance activities must comply with principles of rule of law and democratic governance, as well as human rights principles such as legality, necessity and proportionality.

Our framework of principles and guidelines provide companies with specific guidance on how to address government demands for access to data in a manner consistent with internationally recognized laws and standards. Our shared learning facilitates greater understanding of the specific challenges that surveillance activities can present. And our policy approach advocates for expanded transparency, oversight, and accountability of laws, regulations, and actions related communications surveillance.

GNI Joins Call for U.S. Senate to Swiftly Consider Nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

August 30, 2018|Issues, issues highlight, Letter, media releases, News, surveillance|

31 organizations sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to consider the final two PCLOB nominees as quickly as possible. PCLOB has not been able to perform its critical duties in reviewing U.S. federal counterterrorism programs and ensuring they provide adequate safeguards for privacy and civil liberties for over 19 months.

GNI Briefs the U.S. Helsinki Commission on Internet Freedom

March 4, 2016|events, intermediary liability, Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media releases, network disruptions, surveillance|

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.”

The Global Network Initiative Urges Kazakhstan to Respect the Security of Digital Communications

December 21, 2015|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media releases, surveillance|

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.

The GNI Expresses Concern over Suspension of Messaging Service in Brazil

December 18, 2015|Issues, media releases, network disruptions, surveillance|

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.

GNI Meets with UK officials to discuss new “Snoopers’ Charter” bill and mutual legal assistance reform

October 28, 2015|Issues, Jurisdictional Assertions & Limits, media releases, surveillance|

GNI met with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, and the Cabinet Office to express concerns about the impact the Investigatory Powers Bill will have internationally on privacy and free expression rights.