STANDING UP TO SURVEILLANCE
We fight surveillance laws, policies, and practices that undermine human rights. From investigating spyware attacks that target human rights defenders to fighting biometric surveillance systems that put entire communities at risk, we work to hold manufacturers and investors accountable for the impact of dangerous surveillance tech and push for strict regulations to prevent widespread abuse.
Ban Biometric Surveillance
Some surveillance technologies are so dangerous that they inevitably cause far more problems than they solve. The use of facial recognition and remote biometric technologies in publicly accessible spaces enables mass surveillance and discriminatory targeted surveillance.
Access Now and the Government of Catalonia are calling for an end to the proliferation of surveillance tech through the Geneva Declaration.
A new guide on effective due diligence will help shareholders with investments in surveillance technology prevent and mitigate human rights risks.
The threat voice recognition technology poses to our rights needs to be addressed now — before our voices become yet another piece of biometric data to be used against us.
Front Line Defenders and Access Now’s new report, “Unsafe anywhere: women human rights defenders speak out about Pegasus attacks,” unpacks the first-hand experiences of women navigating an increasingly hostile and dangerous environment.
MENA Surveillance Coalition: stop all surveillance tech sales to the region’s autocratic governments
The MENA Surveillance Coalition is demanding the immediate end to the sale of surveillance technology to Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) autocratic governments.
More accountability: U.S. blocklists Sandvine for enabling digital repression in Egypt
Access Now applauds the U.S. government for blocklisting Sandvine for supplying the Egyptian government with technology that facilitated the targeting of human rights activists and politicians.
One small step for accountability: U.S. announces anonymous visa sanctions program for spyware violations
In a positive but limited step, the U.S.’s new sanctions policy will deny visas to individuals who are involved in, facilitate, or financially benefit from the misuse of commercial spyware.
New spyware attacks exposed: civil society targeted in Jordan
A new joint investigation reveals the widespread use of Israeli-owned NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware in Jordan.
Between a hack and a hard place: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Access Now launched the new investigation report on how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan.
The world must bring down Myanmar’s digital iron curtain
Today marks three years since Myanmar’s junta seized power in a violent coup. Access Now is calling on the international community to offer resources to resist digital oppression.