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Digital Services Act: Bad Decisions Can Lead To Global Consequences

Friday, 22 October 2021, 6:34 am | Access Now

The European Union (EU) has proved to be a global trendsetter in internet legislation, but bad decisions made now can have irreversible global impacts. It’s time to set a positive example through the Digital Services Act (DSA). To support the EU in upholding ... More >>

EU Facilitates Surveillance: Access Now, PI, Demand An Investigation

Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 9:18 pm | Access Now

Today, Access Now joins Privacy International, Sea-Watch, BVMN, Homo Digitalis, and International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in calling on the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, to open an inquiry into several EU institutions’ failure to promote ... More >>

Access Now To Telenor’s Board: Stop The Sale In Myanmar

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 8:43 pm | Access Now

Norway’s Telenor Group must not jeopardize the human rights of people across Myanmar through the “disposal” of its local enterprise. For months, Telenor has ignored civil society’s ongoing pressure to stop the sale of its Myanmar operations to ... More >>

Iraq’s Elections Must Not Be Tainted By Internet Shutdowns

Thursday, 7 October 2021, 6:46 am | Access Now

No to internet shutdowns in Iraq these elections — Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition demand an open, accessible, and secure internet for all. “Iraq’s long history of shutting down the internet during times of national importance must not ... More >>

Big ID, Bad Idea: Busting Id Myths That Are Endangering Human Rights

Wednesday, 6 October 2021, 7:20 am | Access Now

Big ID programs — frequently involving biometric data collection — are being rolled out across the globe. Similar to Big Tech, Big ID refers to the market of actors selling and profiting from digital identification systems and infrastructure. ... More >>

Act Now Against Spyware, Coalition Tells Un Human Rights Council

Saturday, 2 October 2021, 6:01 am | Access Now

As the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) convenes at the ongoing 48th regular session, Access Now joins 94 civil society organizations and independent experts in urging member states to denounce abuses facilitated by spyware technologies. The Pegasus ... More >>

Civil Society To EU: Don’t Derail The Digital Services Act

Thursday, 30 September 2021, 6:25 am | Access Now

The European Parliament must block the suggestions to the Digital Services Act currently being negotiated among Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) that jeopardize a human rights-centric model of platform governance. Through an open letter to MEPs, ... More >>

Facebook’s Oversight Board’s Decision A Step In The Right Direction, But Not Enough

Saturday, 25 September 2021, 6:50 am | Access Now

The Facebook Oversight Board’s latest decision on the platforms’s unjustified removal of news content related to the recent bout of violence in Palestine and Israel is welcomed, but not enough . “The details of the Oversight Board’s first MENA ... More >>

Not Good Enough: Apple, Google Bow To Government Pressure, Censor Content During Russian Elections

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 6:00 am | Access Now

Russia voted on the weekend, and authorities — with the complicity of Big Tech — censored the population. As the world waits for the final results, Russian civil society and the #KeepItOn coalition have been documenting blatant instances of widespread ... More >>

Russia Votes: Big Tech Must Keep The Internet Open And Secure During Elections

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 6:07 am | Access Now

As Russia prepares for the September 17 — 19 legislative elections , and authorities tighten their grip on freedom of expression online, Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition are demanding social media giants stand up for human rights, and resist ... More >>

The Internet Shutdowns Issue

Thursday, 2 September 2021, 6:36 am | Access Now

Government-mandated internet shutdowns are a devastating issue that demand global attention. Millions of people across the world have lived through almost 850 intentional blackouts over the last decade — it’s time to shine a light on the elements and ... More >>

Was Passenger Name Record Data Exploited To Kidnap Belarusian Journalist? Access Now Calls For EU Investigation

Thursday, 26 August 2021, 6:21 am | Access Now

Today, August 25, Access Now is calling on Ylva Johansson, the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, to investigate the possibility that disclosure of data between the EU and Belarus aided the grounding of Ryanair flight FR4978, and kidnapping of Belarusian ... More >>

#WhyID: International Actors In Afghanistan Must Clean Up, Restrict Dangerous Biometric Trail

Thursday, 26 August 2021, 6:01 am | Access Now

As the Taliban takes control of Afghanistan, seized biometric data is placing millions at risk. People are scrambling to understand the full scope of the mess left behind by international actors who implemented biometric digital identity systems without ... More >>

Privacy Violated In Palestine: ISPs Leave Private Data Exposed

Wednesday, 25 August 2021, 6:02 am | Access Now

Internet service providers (ISPs) in Palestine are failing to protect their customers’ privacy. Through a joint study, Privacy Violated: Protection of Customers' Personal Information by Internet Service Providers in Palestine , ImpACT International for ... More >>

Access Now Urges Apple To Restore Trust By Rolling Back Plans To Circumvent End-to-end Encryption On Its Devices

Wednesday, 11 August 2021, 5:47 am | Access Now

Apple has built its brand on the promise to defend privacy — but the company has signaled a foundational shift in its approach with its August 5, 2021, announcement of system updates that will introduce monitoring of all photos uploaded to iCloud ... More >>

What's Happening In Tigray? Internet Shutdowns Avert Accountability

Friday, 30 July 2021, 5:58 am | Access Now

Content note: the following post contains references to sexual assault, war crimes, and murder. Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition are calling on all parties in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict to cease any attempts to censor the population and conceal ... More >>

Enough Is Enough! States Must Intervene On NSO Group's Unchecked Power

Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 5:42 am | Access Now

Access Now and over 100 other organizations are appalled at NSO Group’s alleged involvement in mass human rights violations around the world, and call on state actors to intervene on the company’s unbridled influence and power. On July 18, Amnesty ... More >>

Unsafe And Unchecked: Government Use Of Spyware Raging Around The World

Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 6:08 am | Access Now

In light of damning new reports of state-sponsored human rights abuses facilitated by NSO Group, Candiru, and Cellebrite, Access Now is calling for urgent action to hold the surveillance industry and governments accountable. Yesterday, July 18, Amnesty ... More >>

Going Public? Cellebrite’s Tech Is Incompatible With Human Rights, Investors Must Make A Stand

Wednesday, 14 July 2021, 5:48 am | Access Now

Israeli digital intelligence firm, Cellebrite, creates technology that is used to violate human rights across the globe. As the company bids to go public, Access Now and 29 other civil society organizations and individuals are urging the U.S. Securities ... More >>

Access Now To Ecowas Court: Overturn Nigeria’s Twitter Ban

Friday, 9 July 2021, 6:17 am | Access Now

New York, NY —On July 8, Access Now formally joined the legal fight to ensure freedom of expression is restored in Nigeria. Together with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Open Net Association , the group filed a legal intervention to ... More >>