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New Police Powers In Hong Kong Threaten Human Rights Online

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 1:45 pm | Access Now

Today marked the first meeting of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), chaired by the HKSAR Chief Executive and established by the controversial law on ‘Safeguarding National Security’ ... More >>

Transparency Talks: Video Conferencing And VoIP Platforms Must Put Users' Privacy First

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 7:16 am | Access Now

After pressing Zoom to issue regular transparency reports revealing government requests for user data, today, Access Now calls on other video conferencing platforms to release or update similar reports clarifying exactly how they protect personal user data ... More >>

Save The Date: Rightscon Online 2020, July 27 – 31

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 7:00 am | Access Now

Access Now is excited to announce that, for the first time, RightsCon will take place entirely online. From Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31, 2020, we invite you to sign up, log in, and join us for the ninth edition of the world’s leading summit ... More >>

Amazon Halts Police Use Of Recognition

Friday, 12 June 2020, 7:00 am | Access Now

Amazon announced Wednesday that it would place a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software, Rekognition. The brief statement comes just two days after IBM announced in a letter to Congress that it would no longer offer general ... More >>

Civil Society To WHO: Let’s End Government-ordered Internet Shutdowns

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 7:40 am | Access Now

Last week, the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision-making body, convened its 73rd annual meeting online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has cast the global spotlight on the WHO, the United Nations specialized ... More >>

Privacy And Public Health: The Dos And Don'ts For COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps

Saturday, 9 May 2020, 7:24 am | Access Now

Since late 2019, the world has been fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In response to the pandemic, governments around the world have been using data and technology in their efforts to contain the spread of the virus. In March, Access More >>

Covid-19: Access Now Releases Recommendations on Connectivity For Governments And Telcos

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 7:08 am | Access Now

The world has been fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since late 2019, and with it, we have witnessed the intensifying need to get everyone, particularly underrepresented communities, online. To provide guidance, Access Now releases Expanding ... More >>

Global Rights Groups Urgently Demand Restoration Of 4G Internet Access In Jammu And Kashmir

Saturday, 25 April 2020, 8:22 am | Access Now

The #KeepItOn coalition and Access Now, together with 41 international rights groups from around the world released an open letter urgently calling on the government of India to restore access to 4G high-speed internet access as a first step towards ... More >>

UN Backs Down On Partnership With Tencent

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 8:11 am | Access Now

Last week, Foreign Policy reported that the United Nations (U.N.) has backtracked on its partnership with Tencent, a Chinese telecommunications company, to provide its online platform for the U.N.’s upcoming 75th anniversary. Today, Access Now ... More >>

Access Now & Others Tell Govts: Don't Use Covid-19 Pandemic As Cover To Expand Digital Surveillance

Saturday, 4 April 2020, 7:24 am | Access Now

Today, Access Now, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, and more than 100 human rights and civil liberties organisations and consumer groups from all over the world are uniting to tell governments not to use the coronavirus ... More >>

Access Now Releases Recommendations On Privacy And Data Protection In The Fight Against Covid-19

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 8:22 am | Access Now

Since late 2019, the world has been fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In response to the pandemic, governments around the world have been using data and technology in their efforts to contain the spread of the virus. Access Now puts forward ... More >>

Access Now calls to halt the sale of .org

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 8:17 am | Access Now

While the internet community gathered at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to debate better internet governance structures, we learned that Internet Society (ISOC), with no warning or public input, intends to sell the control of the .ORG domain registry ... More >>

EU states vote on ePrivacy reform

Saturday, 23 November 2019, 11:49 am | Access Now

Brussels, Belgium —Today, the representatives of the EU states have rejected the text presented by the Finnish Presidency on the ePrivacy Regulation. With this vote, the ePrivacy reform could stay at a standstill for many months or even be withdrawn ... More >>

Human rights groups press for evaluation of digital ID

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 7:55 am | Access Now

Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2019) — Today a group of more than 60 civil society organizations, technologists, and experts from around the world released Why ID: Protecting Our Identity in the Digital Age . The open letter calls on international ... More >>

Facebook Should Go Ahead with Its Plans to Encrypt

Friday, 4 October 2019, 10:30 am | Access Now

October 3, 2019 — News broke today that authorities in the U.K., U.S., and Australia are calling on Facebook to delay plans to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services. More >>

G7 internet charter has foundations right, details dangerous

Friday, 20 September 2019, 8:50 am | Access Now

September 19, 2019 — G7 member countries -with the exception of the United States- have signed the “ Charter For A Free, Open and Safe Internet ” (“the charter”), a voluntary pledge similar to the Christchurch Call that lists out actions that countries ... More >>

Strike Down the Toothless Privacy Shield

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 8:36 pm | Access Now

September 18, 2019 —Access Now is calling upon the European Commission to strike down the EU-US “Privacy Shield” arrangement in light of the repeated failure by the US administration to take the necessary steps to protect European privacy ... More >>

Internet shutdowns will further hurt Hong Kong

Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 8:30 am | Access Now

As part of a larger crackdown on the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has suggested that her administration would consider using legacy emergency legal powers to allow the Government of Hong Kong to censor, disrupt, and block social ... More >>

India: Keep Internet Open And Secure in Jammu and Kashmir

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 2:11 pm | Access Now

Global Coalition Calls for India to Keep the Internet Open And Secure in the Territory of Jammu And Kashmir More >>

Christchurch Call emphasizes human rights but more needed

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 10:12 am | Access Now

Today, a group of governments led by New Zealand, and major tech companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Twitter, signed and published the “ Christchurch Call ,” a voluntary pledge with commitments aimed at eliminating terrorist and ... More >>