New Access Now Reports, Publications and Releases
- MENA: Our new report, Exposed and exploited: Data protection in the Middle East and North Africa, explores the privacy dangers burgeoning in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Tunisia. Check out our bonus report snapshot too!
- MENA: When Google announced it was going to open a new Google Cloud in Saudi Arabia, we raised the alarm.
- MENA: The Tunisian government responded to protests on the 10th anniversary of the Tunisian revolution with violence and repression of basic rights; we urge the government to instead protect the right to freedom of expression, stop prosecuting internet users for criticizing the government, and adopt a strong data protection law.
- MENA: Access Now joined over 100 civil society and human rights organizations in calling on governments to take action on the human rights crisis in Egypt.
- Asia-Pacific: As the nation’s military seized control, Myanmar shut down the internet and blocked social media. We condemn this attack on human rights and are regularly updating our work on it here.
- Asia-Pacific: The government of India is escalating censorship efforts by cutting the internet and ordering Twitter to block hashtags and handles. At the same time, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is attempting to develop a framework for use of data without first securing data protection of all Indians.
- Asia-Pacific: Facebook has blocked an unknown number of news and civil society organizations’ accounts — including Access Now’s page (now live again) — in Australia.
- Asia-Pacific: The conviction in Malaysia of a news media company for user comments published on its site must not be allowed to set a precedent!
- Latin America: Costa Rica: proponen una moderna ley de datos personales! A victory for privacy! Congratulations!
- Latin America: Ecuador es de los pocos países de América Latina que no cuenta con una ley de protección de datos personales! La Asamblea puede revertir esa situación al aprobar un proyecto de ley que en los próximos días tendrá su primer debate.
- EU: The European Commission is set to present a regulation on artificial intelligence in a few months, and seems likely to base it on a risk-based approach that will not be adequate to protect human rights.
- EU: Human rights groups to U.N. Special Rapporteur on Belarus: it’s time to stop internet shutdowns, website blocking, anti-extremism laws.
- EU: The agreement on ePrivacy reform reached by EU states lost forward-looking provisions for privacy protection, added surveillance measures, and generally missed the mark.
- North America: Facebook’s removal of Trump, though justified, reinforces the need for meaningful transparency in Facebook’s decision-making processes.
- North America: Free Press and Access Now together urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to quickly deliver Emergency Broadband Benefit to people in need.
- Africa: In Kenya, the right to privacy is already in jeopardy, but a new amendment to the law is deepening the crisis.
- Africa: Uganda shut down the internet on the eve of the general elections. Read the stories of some of the Ugandans who experienced the shutdown.
- Global: Will the internet shutdowns in Uganda, Myanmar, and India set the precedent for 2021? We’ve launched the #KeepItOn 2021 Elections tracker and we’re keeping watch.
- Global: We celebrated Data Protection Day on January 28! To mark the occasion, we explored what the future of data protection could look like!
- Global: Access Now welcomes a new resolution on privacy in the digital age adopted by consensus at the UN General Assembly, but there are areas to strengthen.
- Global, North America: We’re telling US courts to hold NSO Group accountable! From India to Rwanda, the victims of NSO Group’s WhatsApp hacking are speaking out.