Surveillance

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.

Resources

Spyware: a threat to human rights and democracy

Data Protection

Geneva Declaration: international community unites to end spyware abuse

Access Now and the Government of Catalonia are calling for an end to the proliferation of surveillance tech through the Geneva Declaration.

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Digital Security

New guide: surveillance technology investors face significant risks if human rights are ignored

A new guide on effective due diligence will help shareholders with investments in surveillance technology prevent and mitigate human rights risks.

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Data Protection

Sonic surveillance: why you don’t want AI snooping on you

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.

Más allá de Pegasus: políticas públicas contra periodistas y sociedad civil en El Salvador

Digital Security

Unsafe anywhere: attacked by Pegasus, women activists speak out

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.

U.S. blocklists Sandvine for enabling digital repression in Egypt

Digital Security

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.

Latest Updates

Computer wires and connections
Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity

11 Jul 2024

China’s digital and cyber policies hurt human rights and undermine cybersecurity globally. Access Now’s Brett Solomon explores how the international community can respond.

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Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity
11 Jul 2024
Cyber accountability in East Asia: human rights are key for cybersecurity
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Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

These corporations are the true “winners” of the war on Gaza

4 Jul 2024
News
These corporations are the true “winners” of the war on Gaza
The Nation ↗
4 Jul 2024
These corporations are the true “winners” of the war on Gaza
Africa Digital Safety Tips
Digital Security
Digital Security

Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa

2 Jul 2024

Rising LGBTQ+ intolerance in many African countries drives digital repression of activists. This guide provides safety tips and resources for protecting against these threats.

Guide
Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa
2 Jul 2024
Digital safety guide for LGBTQ+ activists in Africa
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance
Surveillance

Pegasus strikes again: how Russian and Belarusian independent journalists became new targets of the hacking software

1 Jul 2024
News
Pegasus strikes again: how Russian and Belarusian independent journalists became new targets of the hacking software
Trouble with the truth ↗
1 Jul 2024
Pegasus strikes again: how Russian and Belarusian independent journalists became new targets of the hacking software
Myanmar VPN Ban
Connectivity
Connectivity

Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban

26 Jun 2024

Myanmar’s VPN ban, imposed by the military junta, is preventing people from safely accessing blocked apps and websites.

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Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban
26 Jun 2024
Worse than China or Iran? Myanmar’s dangerous VPN ban
Hacking Meduza: Pegasus spyware used to target Putin’s critic
Surveillance
Surveillance

The inside view of spyware’s ‘dirty interference,’ from two recent Pegasus victims

26 Jun 2024
News
The inside view of spyware’s ‘dirty interference,’ from two recent Pegasus victims
The Record ↗
26 Jun 2024
The inside view of spyware’s ‘dirty interference,’ from two recent Pegasus victims
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Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

Partial enforcement of India’s Telecom Act — a total eclipse of digital rights 

25 Jun 2024

Access Now urges the Indian government to amend the Telecom Act 2023 and consult with civil society and experts before framing rules to implement the Act to safeguard people’s rights to privacy and free speech.

Press Release
Partial enforcement of India’s Telecom Act — a total eclipse of digital rights 
25 Jun 2024
Partial enforcement of India’s Telecom Act — a total eclipse of digital rights 
Mapping the risks of emerging biometric and AI technology
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

Paris Olympics crowd scans fuel AI surveillance fears

12 Jun 2024
News
Paris Olympics crowd scans fuel AI surveillance fears
Context ↗
12 Jun 2024
Paris Olympics crowd scans fuel AI surveillance fears
Thumbnail Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Data Protection
Data Protection

L’UE détourne le regard face à la surveillance de masse d’Israël

11 Jun 2024
News
L’UE détourne le regard face à la surveillance de masse d’Israël
Elucid ↗
11 Jun 2024
L’UE détourne le regard face à la surveillance de masse d’Israël
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance
Surveillance

Exiled Russian, Belarusian opposition journalists targeted with Pegasus spyware

3 Jun 2024
News
Exiled Russian, Belarusian opposition journalists targeted with Pegasus spyware
The Record ↗
3 Jun 2024
Exiled Russian, Belarusian opposition journalists targeted with Pegasus spyware
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance
Surveillance

At least seven Kremlin critics targeted with spyware inside European Union

3 Jun 2024
News
At least seven Kremlin critics targeted with spyware inside European Union
WION ↗
3 Jun 2024
At least seven Kremlin critics targeted with spyware inside European Union
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance
Surveillance

Journalistes, exilés politiques… de nouvelles cibles de Pegasus identifiées en Europe

30 May 2024
News
Journalistes, exilés politiques… de nouvelles cibles de Pegasus identifiées en Europe
Le Monde ↗
30 May 2024
Journalistes, exilés politiques… de nouvelles cibles de Pegasus identifiées en Europe
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance
Surveillance

Report: Russian exiled journalists, Belarusian opposition among Pegasus spyware targets

30 May 2024
News
Report: Russian exiled journalists, Belarusian opposition among Pegasus spyware targets
Forbidden Stories ↗
30 May 2024
Report: Russian exiled journalists, Belarusian opposition among Pegasus spyware targets
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance
Surveillance

NSO spyware hacked EU-based Russian journalists, report says

30 May 2024
News
NSO spyware hacked EU-based Russian journalists, report says
Bloomberg ↗
30 May 2024
NSO spyware hacked EU-based Russian journalists, report says
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance
Surveillance

Report: Pegasus spyware targets exiled journalists from Russia, Latvia, Belarus

30 May 2024
News
Report: Pegasus spyware targets exiled journalists from Russia, Latvia, Belarus
Committee to Protect Journalists ↗
30 May 2024
Report: Pegasus spyware targets exiled journalists from Russia, Latvia, Belarus
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
Surveillance
Surveillance

Phones of journalists and activists in Europe targeted with Pegasus

30 May 2024
News
Phones of journalists and activists in Europe targeted with Pegasus
Cyberscoop ↗
30 May 2024
Phones of journalists and activists in Europe targeted with Pegasus