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U.S. Withdrawal From U.N. Human Rights Council Condemned

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 12:37 pm | Access Now

Today, Access Now condemns the Trump Administration after its announcement that the United States is pulling out of the United Nations Human Rights Council (“HRC”). The HRC is a 47-state body entrusted with protecting and promoting human rights, ... More >>

European Parliament must vote to stop surveillance equipment

Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 12:22 pm | Access Now

EU: European Parliament must vote to stop surveillance equipment going to rights-abusing governments Brussels, BE - European Parliament’s (EP) vote tomorrow could stop the export of dangerous surveillance equipment to rights-abusing governments, according ... More >>

EU adopts strong position on surveillance export controls

Friday, 24 November 2017, 7:04 pm | Access Now

Brussels, BE —Yesterday, the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) adopted a strong position on the EU dual-use recast. This develops on the European Commission proposal presented on 28 September 2016. Whereas the EU Commission ... More >>

Five Eyes governments On encryption

Saturday, 21 October 2017, 7:00 pm | Access Now

This summer, a five-nation coalition of rights groups asked leaders in the "Five Eyes" surveillance partnership -- Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- to disavow any and all plans to mandate deliberate ... More >>

Deadline Approaching for 2017 Human Rights Awards

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 8:55 am | Access Now

Don't forget: we need your nominations for the 2017 Heroes & Villains Awards! The deadline is quickly approaching. More >>

Turnbull is Playing a Dangerous Shell Game

Friday, 7 July 2017, 6:56 pm | Access Now

Prime Minister Turnbull is Playing a Dangerous Shell Game with Calls to Break Encryption July 7, 2017 — Ahead of this week’s G20 economic summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is once again raising the subject of encryption. According to Australian ... More >>

Access Now Urges EC to Push for US Surveillance Reform

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 5:28 pm | Access Now

Access Now Urges European Commission to Push for US Surveillance Reform through the “Privacy Shield” Review More >>

Even with Macron victory in France, risks for human rights

Monday, 8 May 2017, 5:09 pm | Access Now

On Sunday France elected a new president, Emmanuel Macron, who will be leading the country for the next five years. In the context of the global trend toward authoritarian populism and its negative impact on the fundamental rights to privacy and free expression, ... More >>

For Giving Tuesday, help #KeepItOn

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 10:05 am | Access Now

Tomorrow is the last day you can buy a limited edition “Error 404” bath bomb to fight internet shutdowns! It's sparkling gold on the outside, blue on the inside, and a fizzy disruption fighter. For just $7 you can own one -- and you'll be supporting ... More >>

Limited Edition Soap Urges Action with Secret Message

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 12:07 pm | Access Now

Global —Access Now joined Lush Cosmetics in launching the next stage of the worldwide #KeepitOn campaign to fight internet shutdowns with a limited edition “bath bomb” called “Error 404.” The #KeepItOn campaign is featured on in 6 languages, ... More >>

“Heroes & Villains” of Human Rights and Global Surveillance

Friday, 23 September 2016, 11:39 am | Access Now

Heroes include: Microsoft’s Brad Smith, Marc Zwillinger, Gerard Adriaan "Ard" van der Steur (Dutch minister of security and justice), and Henricus Gregorius Jozeph "Henk" Kamp (Dutch minister of economic affairs) More >>

Third illegal instrument to be approved by the EU this year

Saturday, 9 July 2016, 8:05 pm | Access Now

Brussels, BE —Earlier today, the Article 31 Committee, which represents the EU’s 28 Member States, gave its green light to the Privacy Shield -- a data-transfer arrangement between the EU and the U.S. designed to replace the Safe Harbour mechanism that was ... More >>

NGO coalition calls on French Parliamentarians

Friday, 2 October 2015, 9:12 am | Access Now

Brussels, Belgium - Today, a coalition of more than 20 NGOs and digital rights groups, including Access, sent a letter to the representatives of the French National Assembly - the lower Chamber of the French Parliament - calling for the rejection of yet another ... More >>

Access urges action on Burundi internet shutdown

Saturday, 2 May 2015, 10:59 am | Access Now

Today, Access submitted a letter to UN and African Union experts requesting their urgent intervention on the internet shutdown in Burundi, where social media services have been cut off in the face of public unrest. The letter underscores the importance ... More >>

Charlie Hebdo must not be used to expand surveillance

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:15 pm | Access Now

Digital rights community: “Charlie Hebdo tragedy must not be used by governments to expand surveillance” More >>

Access Protests Targeting of Users in Spain

Sunday, 11 January 2015, 10:24 pm | Access Now

Spanish law enforcement is claiming that the use’s secure communication technologies justifies arrests and detainments. Access vehemently disagrees. More >>

EU Legal Services Report: Data Retention Likely Illegal

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 3:41 pm | Access Now

Brussels — Last year, the EU Court of Justice issued a sweeping condemnation of the EU Data Retention Directive, a law that required every Member State to implement data retention measures. More >>

They are trying to kill the internet in Turkey. Again

Saturday, 29 March 2014, 11:57 am | Access Now

Last week, the Turkish government took Twitter offline for millions of Turkish users. Over the weekend, Turkish authorities started shutting down workarounds that allowed users to communicate via Twitter. Now Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ... More >>

Coalition Calls On U.S. Congress to End NSA Spying

Wednesday, 12 June 2013, 4:35 pm | Access Now

On Tuesday, Access and more than 80 organizations and internet companies sent a letter to Congress demanding an immediate halt to and investigation of the U.S. National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. Other signatories include the American ... More >>

Disaster averted, but still a lot not to like in the new ITR

Friday, 14 December 2012, 1:11 pm | Access Now

The world’s governments just concluded the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) where they updated the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), a binding international treaty on telecommunications provision and interoperability. ... More >>



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