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  • News | Page 51 | Privacy International
    short but turbulent public debate over its new email service Read more about PI files complaints in sixteen countries against Google Mail Open letter to UN Agency on dangers of biometric passport standard Date 29 March 2004 To the participants of the International Civil Aviation Organization 12th Session of the Facilitation Division We are writing to you on behalf of a wide range of human rights and civil liberties organizations to express our concerns regarding a number of decisions emerging from your conferences and their likely effects on privacy and civil liberties We are particularly worried about your plans requiring passports and other travel documents to contain biometrics and remotely readable contact less integrated circuits Read more about Open letter to UN Agency on dangers of biometric passport standard Open letter to Members of the Eerste Kamer and Tweede Kamer regarding Dutch ID proposals Date 5 December 2003 Privacy International is writing this Open Letter to Members of both Chambers of the Netherlands Parliament to express our deep concern over Justice Minister Donner s proposed Wet op de uitgebreide identificatieplicht We believe these requirements will violate the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Read more about Open letter to Members of the Eerste Kamer and Tweede Kamer regarding Dutch ID proposals UK government agencies seize millions of phone records per year Date 14 March 2003 A conference held today at the London School of Economics will hear new statistics showing that UK law enforcement and investigation agencies are demanding an unprecedented quantity of customer records from communications providers Read more about UK government agencies seize millions of phone records per year Privacy International calls for dismantling of Japan ID numbering system Date 18 August 2002 The London based human rights organisation

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  • News | Page 44 | Privacy International
    on Finance a cross party body created to study Bills being presented for consideration in Parliament as having expressed its reservations about the NIAI Bill that they would recommend recasting it The NIAI Bill seeks to set up a National Information Authority whose job is to take over the functioning of the ordinated Unique Identity Authority of India a branch of the Planning Commission Read more about Indian Parliamentary Committee trashes UID Bill Eric King responds to ISS World s Tatiana Lucas Date 8 December 2011 Tatiana Lucas s calculated flag waving and her invocation of the modern day bogeyman of unemployment in her letter to the Wall Street Journal today was both distasteful and dishonest TeleStrategies Inc which runs the ISS World conferences has as much interest in creating jobs for US citizens as it does in protecting the lives of Iranian political dissidents none whatsoever The ISS World conferences host companies from all over the world including China Read more about Eric King responds to ISS World s Tatiana Lucas A quick review of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation Date 7 December 2011 A widely leaked version of the first legislative proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation is making its way through Brussels and beyond The purpose of this Regulation is to provide a new tool for harmonising the protection of personal data across the European Union and one that takes into consideration the current legislative and technological environment The key point is that Europe s rules on privacy are often taken as an example to the world and provide a rare opportunity to scale up protections Read more about A quick review of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation Privacy International and allies call for protections in new US Canada border deal Date 5 December 2011 Privacy International the American Civil Liberties Union and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association today released twelve Core Legal Principles we believe should be observed by the United States and Canada as they develop their joint border policy President Obama and the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper first announced their plans to develop a North American Security Perimeter deal in February 2011 They are expected to unveil the agreement later this week Read more about Privacy International and allies call for protections in new US Canada border deal Surveillance and security securing whom And at what cost It is common knowledge that surveillance technologies keep us safe These technologies can uncover where a would be bomber has fled or reveal that a suspect is planning an attack on the New York City subways Such successes and the belief and business in them has fueled a vast expansion of CCTV wiretapping and data mining since 9 11 the Madrid bombings in 2004 and the attacks on London s public transport system in 2005 But this common knowledge is based at best on shaky evidence Read more about Surveillance and security securing whom And at what cost Big Data meets Big Brother

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  • News | Page 45 | Privacy International
    November 2011 Privacy International s Director General Simon Davies has today written to Prime Minister David Cameron and Creativity Software CEO Richard Lee following revelations that Kingston based Creativity sold a location tracking system to Iran Read more about Privacy International accuses British government of giving UK companies carte blanche to sell dangerous surveillance tech to Iran Facebook s information access feature still violates European law Date 21 October 2011 Facebook s new Download your Information feature reveals a radically different interpretation of transparency to one that the rest of us in Europe might hold The feature may be a promising start but the company still clearly has difficulty understanding the requirements of European Data Protection law The feature provides only a fraction of the personal information held by Facebook and is thus still in violation of law Read more about Facebook s information access feature still violates European law Nuclear family comes first Date 10 October 2011 Prime Minister David Cameron may not be quite the pitiless blank eyed hell wraith Charlie Brooker portrayed in yesterday s Guardian but he does have some pretty frightening ideas about the Internet Read more about Nuclear family comes first HTC gets Google envy with analytics gone awry Date 2 October 2011 Independent security researcher Trevor Eckhart revealed yesterday that a recent software update to some HTC smartphones has accidentally given third party applications access to huge amounts of private data including call logs geolocation history SMS data and a whole lot more Read more about HTC gets Google envy with analytics gone awry UK Information Commissioner s office conspired to bury negative news story disturbing revelations on international right to know day Date 27 September 2011 Privacy International today published documentation that establishes a deliberate cover up by the UK Information Commissioner

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  • News | Page 46 | Privacy International
    General Thorbjørn Jagland of the Council of Europe CoE stating that the CoE is refusing to start an investigation on the collection and storage of citizens biometric data by member states On 31 March an international alliance of organisations and individuals lodged a petition calling on him to start such an indepth survey under Article 52 of the European Convention on Human Rights ECHR Read more about Council of Europe refuses to investigate biometrics privacy Alliance appeals to Council of Europe to address biometrics privacy Date 31 March 2011 An international alliance of organisations and individuals from 27 countries has lodged a petition calling on the Council of Europe to start an indepth survey on the collection and storage of biometric data by member states European governments are increasingly demanding storage of biometric data fingerprints and facial scans from individuals These include storage on contactless RFID chips in passports and or ID cards Some are going even further by implementing database storage e g France Lithuania and the Netherlands Read more about Alliance appeals to Council of Europe to address biometrics privacy APEC developments March 2011 Date 30 March 2011 2011 is supposed to be the year that the APEC pathfinder projects on Cross Border Privacy Rules CBPR deliver a functional system for businesses to be certified for transfer of personal information between participating APEC economies Read more about APEC developments March 2011 Skype called on to answer mounting security concerns Date 11 March 2011 Skype has consistently assured that it protects its users and their communications Having reviewed the company s technology and policies we have grounds for concern about Skype s overall level of security and we believe there are a number of questions to which the company must respond Skype s misleading security assurances continue to expose

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  • News | Page 47 | Privacy International
    UK government backs down on data sharing legislation after PI campaign Date 7 March 2009 Following an extensive campaign by Privacy International and our network of groups in the United Kingdom the UK Government has decided to abandon its current plans for data sharing legislation The government has announced that it will immediately abandon clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill following on from an open letter that Privacy International sent to the Justice Secretary earlier this week As the Sunday Telegraph observed the eloquence of the letter together with the remarkable diversity of signatories was central to the government s U turn Read more about UK government backs down on data sharing legislation after PI campaign PI advises Kyrgyzstan on internet privacy and surveillance Date 25 February 2009 At the request of the Civil Initiative on Internet Policy a Kyrgyz public foundation Privacy International participated in an international conference on Internet and Law in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan The event was organized in response to proposals for a new data retention law and content regulation of the Internet and was attended by government officials journalists legal experts and representatives of the telecommunications industry Read more about PI advises Kyrgyzstan on internet privacy and surveillance Six year olds fingerprinted by Britain Date 29 January 2009 Two months ago the UK Borders Agency began fingerprinting foreign children over six years old from outside the European Economic Area and resident in Britain At the time Jacqui Smith was congratulated for her tough line on issuing identity cards to foreign residents and no one not even parliament noticed that the biometric requirements applied to children of six And parliament didn t know because it was never asked to approve the policy Read more about Six year olds fingerprinted by Britain European Court rules against

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  • News | Page 48 | Privacy International
    has again been dealing with the SWIFT case and has unanimously adopted Opinion 128 on its findings in this case In this Opinion the Article 29 Working Party emphasizes that even in the fight against terrorism and crime fundamental rights must remain guaranteed The Article 29 Working Party insists therefore on the respect of global data protection principles Read more about Europe s Privacy Commissioners rule against SWIFT PI and ACLU show that SWIFT auditor has extensive ties to US government Date 26 September 2006 Booz Allen Hamilton Inc a prominent defence and intelligence consulting and engineering firm has been hired as an outside independent auditor of the CIA and Treasury Department s Terrorist Finance Tracking Program TFTP which monitors banking transactions made through the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication SWIFT Though Booz Allen s role is to verify that the access to the SWIFT data is not abused its relationship with the U S Government calls its objectivity significantly into question Booz Allen is one of the largest U S Read more about PI and ACLU show that SWIFT auditor has extensive ties to US government An open letter to the CEO of SWIFT on other covert programmes for access to financial data Date 11 July 2006 Dear Mr Schrank I am writing with regard to the current controversy over the private arrangement between SWIFT and the U S Government that facilitates the extradition of confidential financial transaction data from SWIFT to U S authorities You will be aware that Privacy International contends that this arrangement breaches privacy and data protection law and we have lodged complaints with regulatory authorities in 38 countries Read more about An open letter to the CEO of SWIFT on other covert programmes for access to financial data Privacy International extends legal action against banking giant SWIFT Date 10 July 2006 Privacy International PI today filed additional complaints with authorities in Japan Israel Korea Taiwan Province of China Thailand and Argentina On June 27th PI filed simultaneous complaints with Data Protection and Privacy regulators in 32 countries concerning recent revelations of secret disclosures of records from SWIFT to US intelligence agencies 1 Read more about Privacy International extends legal action against banking giant SWIFT PI estimates over 4 million UK financial records sent each year to U S Date 5 July 2006 Following a series of formal complaints to regulators the privacy watchdog organisation Privacy International has released its estimate of the volume of confidential UK financial data covertly transmitted to the US government Last week PI filed simultaneous complaints with Data Protection and Privacy regulators in 32 countries concerning recent revelations of secret disclosures of records from the banking giant SWIFT to US intelligence agencies 1 Read more about PI estimates over 4 million UK financial records sent each year to U S PI commences legal action to suspend unlawful activities of finance giant Date 26 June 2006 The privacy watchdog organisation Privacy International has today filed simultaneous complaints with Data Protection

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  • News | Page 49 | Privacy International
    Member of Parliament after a lengthy battle to remove the record of a concerned constituent s son who was arrested as a result of misidentification The National DNA Database currently holds the records of 750 000 juveniles some of whom have been convicted of offences but many of whom were only charged cautioned questioned or were mere witnesses to incidents Read more about Innocent children s DNA retained on national database in the UK UK DNA database includes the innocent and wrongly accused under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 Date 30 January 2006 The most significant amendment of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 hereafter CJPA is the amendment to the circumstances in which samples may be retained The Act allows for retention of samples even where charges are dropped or the individual is cleared of the offence It also allows for such samples to be used for future purposes related to the detection and prevention of crime both in the UK and abroad Read more about UK DNA database includes the innocent and wrongly accused under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 UK Expands DNA Database through the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 Date 28 January 2006 The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was the first serious expansion of the powers to take samples particularly non intimate samples which included mouth swabs and saliva in addition to hair samples both of which provide DNA information Such samples could be taken without the consent of the individual if he is charged with a recordable 1 offence a significant advance on the earlier requirement that the individual is charged with a serious arrestable offence Read more about UK Expands DNA Database through the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 The birth of the DNA database in the UK Date 27 January 2006 Although DNA matching was first used to catch an offender in 1987 the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 is instrumental in defining police treatment of suspects in the early stages of an investigation Despite the fact that the Act has been amended on numerous occasions since its inception analysis of the original legislation provides the starting point to map out the development and expansion of the circumstances in which samples containing DNA can be taken from individuals Read more about The birth of the DNA database in the UK European Parliament approves communications data retention Date 14 December 2005 The European Parliament voted today to adopt a new directive allowing for the retention of data generated by telephony SMS and internet but not the content of the information communicated This data includes email addresses and location data from cell phones The directive is highly controversial due to the impact it will have on the privacy of European Union citizens Read more about European Parliament approves communications data retention PI forges coalition to call on European Parliament to reject data retention Date 4 December 2005 Privacy International has joined forces

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  • News | Page 50 | Privacy International
    as international obligations terrorism and concern regarding identity theft The Forum for Civil Liberties on the Internet Le Forum des droits sur l internet was asked by then Minister of the Interior Dominique de Villepin to conduct a consultation round on the issue On June 16 the Forum submitted its final report Read more about French report highly critical of new French ID Card project GAO reports that border registration of addresses unnecessary Date 9 February 2005 The Government Accounting Office of the US government reports that creating a new system to keep track of the locations of aliens or visitors to the US is of questionable value This report required by the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Reform Act of 2002 reflects the challenges faced by INS when they were asked to identify the location of over 4000 individuals in the days after 11th September 2001 Read more about GAO reports that border registration of addresses unnecessary Europe proposes central fingerprint database of immigrants Date 12 January 2005 In a move that mimics the U S fingerprinting policy under the VISIT programme the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a regulation that would create a central database for all visa applicants fingerprints and photos Regulation available on the Europa website In a somewhat positive turn it is important to note that the retention period of this data is only five years compared to 100 years in the U S Relevant excerpts include Read more about Europe proposes central fingerprint database of immigrants Open letter to the European Parliament on biometric registration of all EU citizens and residents Date 29 November 2004 We the undersigned are calling on you to reject the Draft Council Regulation on standards for security features and biometrics in passports and travel documents issued by Member States This is an unnecessary and rushed policy that will have hazardous effects on Europeans right to privacy This policy process requires additional oversight and the eventual systems established will require significant controls and a strong legal framework to ensure that this is a proportionate response to the war on terrorism Read more about Open letter to the European Parliament on biometric registration of all EU citizens and residents Privacy International warns against Netherlands identity campaign Date 3 November 2004 The London based human rights watchdog Privacy International today attacked Justice Minister Donner s campaign on Wet op de uitgebreide identificatieplicht as an underhanded attempt to convince innocent citizens to forego their legal rights Last year the organisation advised that the identity legislation would violate both the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child Read more about Privacy International warns against Netherlands identity campaign PI condemns Dutch ID proposals as unlawful and pointless Date 3 November 2004 The London based human rights watchdog Privacy International today warned that Justice Minister Donner s proposed Wet op de uitgebreide identificatieplicht will violate the European Convention on Human Rights The organisation has vowed to

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