While Australia shirks its international obligations, Australians wait on the rest of the world to act

September 19, 2014 - by Angela Daly and Angus Murray.

One of the most important treaties of international human rights law is the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which has been signed and ratified by most of the world’s countries. Although all of these countries have signed and ratified the ICCPR, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States have exhibited blatant disregard for the rights contained therein by forming the Five Eyes (FVEY) coalition of countries which engage in mass surveillance of their populations. The ‘above the law’ existence of FVEY was only brought to the public’s attention as a result of Edward Snowden’s leaked documents, and was revealed to be fundamentally at odds with international human rights principles.

Unmasking the Five Eyes’ global surveillance practices

September 19, 2014 - by Carly Nyst and Anna Crowe. This report summarizes the state of understanding about the Five Eyes global domination of communications networks, and explains the most concerning surveillance capabilities developed by the intelligence agencies.

Legal Struggles Over Interception Rules in the United States

13 Principles Week of Action: Five Eyes’ Quest For Security Has Given Us Widespread Insecurity

September 18, 2014 - by Aaron Gluck Thaler.

You do not have to choose between privacy and security. With robust communications systems, we can have both. Yet intelligence agencies such as GCHQ and the NSA have severely injured both, interfering with our privacy rights while simultaneously jeopardizing our security. By infiltrating our communications technologies, governments, who have an obligation to respect and strengthen the integrity of these technologies, have instead eroded the possibility of secure systems. Their activities violate the key principle of 'Integrity of Communications and Systems of the 'International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance.

Virtual Integrity: Three steps toward building stronger cryptographic standards

September 18, 2014 - by Amie Stepanovich.

The U.S. National Security Agency has purposefully worked to undermine the security of the internet in order to preserve its own surveillance capabilities. And this isn’t only an NSA problem. While the NSA has now been caught with its hand in the cryptographic cookie jar, other governments are likely seeking the same opportunities to insert vulnerabilities that they may later capitalize upon.

The FinFisher Case

September 18, 2014 - by Cédric Laurant and Monserrat Laguna Osorio.

The right to privacy is protected by the Mexican Constitution, which establishes that the privacy of one’s person, family, residence, documents or possessions cannot be violated. In addition, the constitution recognises the human rights established in it, and those included in international treaties that Mexico has signed. However, it was not until 2007 that Mexico started to regulate the area of data protection: the constitution was amended in order to guarantee the right to data protection and established that any interference in communications must be approved by a judge. In July 2010, Congress enacted the Federal Law on Protection of Personal Data Held by Private Parties (LFPDPPP). The scope of this law only applies to individuals and companies, not government and other public entities. Today there is doubt about whether Mexico has adequate laws and institutions to deal with any violation of their citizens’ rights in terms of privacy and data protection, considering that the responsible party might be its own government.

A Machine of Paranoia: How Concerns for Student Safety May Chill Speech

September 18, 2014 - This article discusses Geo Listening, a software monitoring firm, and the notion that labyrinthine surveillance keeps kids safe, which has fueled the employment of surveillance technologies in public schools.

GCHQ: The NSA’s Little Brother... not so little anymore

September 18, 2014 - by Javier Ruiz.

It is important that civil society organisations throughout the world concerned about mass surveillance broaden the focus of their attention from the US and the NSA to include the UK and GCHQ. This report summarises some of the key activities of UK surveillance agencies exposed by Edward Snowden.

13 Principles Week of Action: Human Rights Require a Secure Internet

September 18, 2014 - by Danny O'Brien.

The ease by which mass surveillance can be conducted is not a feature of digital networks; it's a bug in our current infrastructure caused by a lack of pervasive encryption. It's a bug we have to fix.

30 Jahre nach 1984

September 18, 2014 - by Klaus Birkenbihl. (German)