Privacy and Surveillance
The right to privacy prevents governments, businesses and criminals from intruding into your life. Things like your political opinions, your phone calls and emails, your photos, your medical history, your bank details and your internet browsing history are all protected by the right to privacy. Our right to privacy gives us space to look for information, form opinions and take decisions about issues free from social pressure or judgement. Because a lot of our information is held in the online world, we often use the term ‘data protection’ instead of privacy. Although new technology brings many opportunities, it also brings dangers. Personal information about us is increasingly held in databases and passed over the internet. Governments use mass surveillance to collect information about what we do over the internet, like what we are reading, and who we are talking to. Businesses collect information about us and use it to make decisions about us without our knowledge. This topic covers work we do to persuade the EU to protect our privacy, especially online, and to educate the public about the importance of data protection and how they can protect themselves.
Privacy and Surveillance articles
•Liberties, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, and Access Now recommend that the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) ask the EU Commission to launch an infringement procedure against Hungary.
Joint civil society statement: States use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights•The COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health emergency that requires a coordinated and large-scale response by governments worldwide.Tags:
•The Royal Decree-Law 14/2019 of 31 October could limit online freedoms in Spain and is another regulation approved in reaction to a very specific situation, without a comprehensive analysis of all the areas it will affect.
•The District Court of The Hague has ruled that the government must stop profiling citizens using using large scale data analysis to trace social benefits fraud. SyRI (System Risk Indication) disproportionately violates the private lives of citizens bec...