Blog

Access in the News

Tell Obama: Say no to cyber surveillance

11:04am | 16 April 2015 | by Access Team,

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Congress has been churning out privacy-threatening cyber surveillance proposals like popcorn at a movie theater. Today, a coalition of digital rights groups is launching a campaign to stop these bills from getting any farther in the legislative process.

Turkey blocks Twitter and YouTube, companies capitulate and self-censor

8:47am | 16 April 2015 | by Jack Bussell,

Turkey recently blocked users’ access to Twitter and YouTube in an effort to censor material posted by users, just as it did in March of last year. If users are willing to fight back against government censorship, social media companies should support them in their efforts

Data retention update: the global battle to stop data stockpiling continues

4:27am | 14 April 2015 | by Access Brussels Office,

Courts are throwing out data retention laws, but new proposals are being introduced and fundamental rights remain in peril.

U.S. FCC Confirms It Is Reviewing Verizon’s Use of Supercookies

2:43pm | 10 April 2015 | by Access Team,

Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission confirmed that it is reviewing Verizon Wireless’ abusive use of supercookies. This is a great step forward for mobile privacy in the U.S. and a validation of our campaign against mobile tracking.

Protecting human rights in third countries: Access submits input to European Parliament

6:43am | 10 April 2015 | by Access Brussels Office,

Access has submitted input to the European Parliament (EP) Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) on a draft report on human rights and technology. This report focuses on “the impact of intrusion and surveillance systems on human rights in third countries.”

European citizens have spoken out, and it’s time for the EU to pass Net Neutrality

9:03am | 8 April 2015 | by Brett Solomon,

As digital rights advocates around the world celebrate the victory for Net Neutrality in the U.S., we should remember that the fight in Europe is heating up. Right now decision makers in Brussels are negotiating over a crucial text to preserve the open internet, and it’s time for them to make the right decision and pass Net Neutrality into law. The European Parliament holds the key.

In good news from the evil mobile sandbox, Verizon allows opt-out of zombie tracking

2:52pm | 6 April 2015 | by Deji Olukotun,

Last week, Verizon Wireless announced that it would allow its users to opt-out of its zombie cookie tracking program, which it calls Relevant Mobile Advertising. Users can now log in to their account and click through a few links to force the company to stop tracking their web traffic. This is a major victory for privacy and follows an earlier pledge by AT&T in November to stop the tracking.

Access submits comments on zero rating to government of Brazil

2:35pm | 2 April 2015 | by Javier Pallero,

Almost a year after the approval of Brazil’s landmark Marco Civil da Internet, the government is seeking public comments on how best to implement the legislation. Access submitted a brief on zero rating, a dangerous practice that threatens to undermine the open internet in the country.

Access and Coalition Urge U.S. Federal Agencies to Protect Human Rights

4:25pm | 31 March 2015 | by Jack Bussell,

Certain rights transcend governments, but we still rely on government authorities to protect them.

Promoting Digital Security in Tunisia at the World Social Forum

5:15am | 30 March 2015 | by Deji Olukotun,

Fifty thousand activists from 5,000 NGOs around the world attended the World Social Forum in Tunis last week to press for change on a wide variety of issues. Access joined our partners Reporters Sans Frontieres, DSS 216, and C Libre to host a tent and support digital rights.

UN creates new Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy

10:15pm | 26 March 2015 | by Access Policy Team,

Responding to civil society voices, and the leadership of Brazil and Germany, the Human Rights Council has moved decisively forward in the battle for privacy online.

Hashtags, Card Games, and Digital Rights: RightsCon Southeast Asia Closes

6:43am | 25 March 2015 | by Access Team,

RightsCon Southeast Asia closed after another jam-packed day of events and demos of exciting tech tools. More than 500 participants joined together to learn, to contribute, and to achieve real world outcomes.

Access Joins Call For Surveillance Reform: Without Changes, Spying Law Must Expire

5:47am | 25 March 2015 | by Amie Stepanovich,

Today, Access joined a coalition of dozens of civil society organizations, trade associations, and companies demanding an end to bulk surveillance activities conducted by the government under provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act. If sufficient reform cannot be passed, then we must call on Congress to allow these provisions to sunset without any reauthorization.

Supreme Court of India issues historic ruling on free expression, disappoints on website blocking

10:08am | 24 March 2015 | by Access Team,

The court's ruling is still a victory for online speech in the country, despite skirting the issue of website blocking, says Access' Asia Consultant Raman Jit Singh Chima.

First Day of RightsCon Southeast Asia Wraps on High Note

6:23am | 24 March 2015 | by Access Team,

After a busy first day, the conference saw the launch of new principles on free expression and an important judgment from a high court in India.