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Mauritius Must Backflip On Dangerous ICT Act Consultation Paper, Place Human Rights At Its Core

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 5:53 am | Access Now

Access Now and a coalition of international organizations are calling on authorities in Mauritius to review the proposed amendments in the Information and Communication Technologies Act for regulating the use and addressing the abuse and misuse of Social ... More >>

Facebook Oversight Board: No Place For Trump’s Hate And Disinformation On Its Platforms

Thursday, 6 May 2021, 6:01 am | Access Now

Brussels, Belgium —Today, May 5, 2021, the Facebook Oversight Board upheld the ‘deplatforming’ of Donald Trump from Facebook and Instagram, finding Facebook’s decision to be necessary and proportionate. Access Now welcomes this decision, but ... More >>

Spotify, Don’t Spy: Global Coalition Of 180+ Musicians And Human Rights Groups Take A Stand

Wednesday, 5 May 2021, 5:42 am | Access Now

May 4, 2021 — Today, Access Now, Fight for the Future, Union of Musicians and Allied Workers, and a coalition of over 180 musicians and human rights organizations from around the world sent a letter to Spotify calling on the company to make a public ... More >>

Rights Groups To NSO: Actions Speak Louder Than Words In Human Rights Compliance

Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 5:56 am | Access Now

Access Now is calling out claims by NSO Group of compliance to human rights standards through an open letter published today, 27 April, 2021 , in coalition with Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists, and other human rights groups. The ... More >>

Protocol For Exclusion: Why Covid-19 Vaccine "Passports" Threaten Human Rights

Saturday, 24 April 2021, 5:28 am | Access Now

As the global COVID-19 vaccine rollout gains momentum, governments from Bahrain to Denmark are clamoring to implement measures to help the world return to pre-virus normality. This includes exploring digital vaccine certificates — or COVID-19 vaccine ... More >>

EU Takes Minimal Steps To Regulate Harmful AI Systems, Must Go Further To Protect Rights

Thursday, 22 April 2021, 5:56 am | Access Now

Today, April 21, the European Commission launched its Proposal for a Regulation on a European approach for Artificial Intelligence . Access Now has been advocating for a human rights-based regulation to ensure that both the private and public sector ... More >>

Iris Scanning Of Refugees Is Disproportionate And Dangerous — What's Happening Behind IrisGuard's Closed Doors?

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 6:25 am | Access Now

Refugees should not be required to hand over personal biometric data in exchange for basic needs such as purchasing food, or accessing money. However, iris scan technology supplied by UK-registered company, IrisGuard, is reportedly being used by the World ... More >>

New EU Dual Use Export Control Rules Finally Adopted, But Leave A Lot Of Room For Improvement

Friday, 26 March 2021, 9:25 am | Access Now

  Today, March 25 , a decade after the EU first began soliciting views on export controls around dual use technologies — or tools that can have some peaceful aims but that can also be used to violate human rights — the EU Parliament has ... More >>

Looking Tough, But Hampering Rights: Civil Society Organisations Say No To Online Terrorism Regulation

Friday, 26 March 2021, 7:17 am | Access Now

Access Now, European Digital Rights (EDRi), Civil Liberties Union for Europe, and 58 other civil society organisations are urgently calling on Members of the European Parliament to reject the proposed Terrorism Regulation on preventing the dissemination ... More >>

Civil Society Speaks Out On Jamaica’s Dubious New Digital ID Bill

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 8:07 am | Access Now

Access Now and a coalition of 12 local and international organizations are calling on authorities in Jamaica to ensure human rights are at the center of a controversial new digital ID bill. Through a comprehensive submission to the Joint Select Committee ... More >>

After Nearly Two Decades In The Dark, Facebook Releases Its Human Rights Policy

Wednesday, 17 March 2021, 10:41 am | Access Now

Facebook today released a Corporate Human Rights Policy for the first time in its 17-year history, becoming the latest Big Tech company to publicly articulate its commitments to upholding human rights. While Access Now is encouraged by Facebook’s ... More >>

#KeepItOn Report: Internet Shutdowns Shatter Dreams, Endanger Lives

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 7:26 am | Access Now

From Belarus to Bangladesh, authorities in 29 countries shut down or interfered with the internet at least 155 times in 2020 . On a day-to-day basis, this prevented millions of people from working, studying, and communicating to their full potential. ... More >>

Reclaim Your Face: A Call For European Citizens To Demand Facial Recognition Ban

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 7:17 am | Access Now

Access Now, EDRi, and the Reclaim Your Face coalition are calling for a Europe-wide ban on the use of dangerous facial recognition technologies that perpetuate discrimination, erode privacy, and enable biometric mass surveillance. Today, February 17 , the coalition ... More >>

After Four Years Of Talks, EU States Reach Underwhelming Agreement On EPrivacy Reform

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 6:39 am | Access Now

Brussels, BE —Access Now applauds the Portuguese Presidency and negotiators in the Council of the EU for reaching an agreement on the ePrivacy reform. However, the content hugely misses the mark. It is encouraging to see that now the Council ... More >>

Access Now Condemns Escalating Attacks Against Activists And Peaceful Protesters In Tunisia

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 7:35 am | Access Now

Angered by poverty, social and economic inequality and discrimination, and police brutality, youth-led protests have taken over the streets of Tunisia since January 14. Authorities have responded with excessive violence , arresting and prosecuting ... More >>

Access Now Condemns Myanmar's Internet Shutdown During Military Coup

Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 6:28 pm | Access Now

Multiple reports of internet shutdowns across Myanmar are emerging today, February 1, as the nation’s military attempts to seize control from the incoming second civilian government. According to several accounts, both internet and voice connectivity ... More >>

Data Exposed And Exploited In Middle East And North Africa, New Report Explores

Friday, 29 January 2021, 7:51 am | Access Now

From Ramallah to Beirut , the private data of millions is at risk. Access Now is launching Exposed and exploited: Data protection in the Middle East and North Africa , a new report that explores the privacy dangers burgeoning in Jordan , Lebanon , ... More >>

Facebook Oversight Board Makes First Decisions, But System Remains Flawed

Friday, 29 January 2021, 7:49 am | Access Now

Today, the Facebook Oversight Board published its first decisions on five of six cases, for which civil society feedback was solicited and Access Now submitted comments . The Board overturned Facebook’s content removal in four out of the five cases ... More >>

Government Orders Internet Shutdown In Delhi On India's Republic Day

Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 8:00 am | Access Now

India’s Union Ministry of Home Affairs has issued orders directing internet shutdowns across several areas of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi today, January 26, the nation’s Republic Day. Reports of disrupted internet and telecom connectivity ... More >>

Internet Shutdowns Threaten Elections In Uganda

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 6:06 am | Access Now

Amidst a growing crackdown on media , human rights defenders, and opposition politicians, the Republic of Uganda will hold general elections on Thursday, January 14. With a dark history of internet and social media blocking during national events , and ... More >>