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

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Access Now demanda a las agencias ICE y CBP de EE. UU. por datos de migrantes

24 May 2024

Access Now demanda a CBP a ICE debido a sus demoras e inadecuadas respuestas a solicitudes de acceso a la información pública.

Press Release
Access Now demanda a las agencias ICE y CBP de EE. UU. por datos de migrantes
24 May 2024
Access Now demanda a las agencias ICE y CBP de EE. UU. por datos de migrantes
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Access Now sues U.S. CBP and ICE agencies over migrant data

23 May 2024
Press Release
Access Now sues U.S. CBP and ICE agencies over migrant data
23 May 2024
Access Now sues U.S. CBP and ICE agencies over migrant data
How to stay safe online in the context of conflict in Gaza
Data Protection
Data Protection

I dati sensibili dei cittadini europei verranno trasferiti in Israele

17 May 2024
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I dati sensibili dei cittadini europei verranno trasferiti in Israele
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17 May 2024
I dati sensibili dei cittadini europei verranno trasferiti in Israele
U.S. blocklists Sandvine for enabling digital repression in Egypt
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Surveillance

Inside Poland’s groundbreaking effort to reckon with spyware abuses

16 May 2024
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Inside Poland’s groundbreaking effort to reckon with spyware abuses
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16 May 2024
Inside Poland’s groundbreaking effort to reckon with spyware abuses
Belarus must keep it on!
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

沒有網路的日子:緬甸政變後的三年有540天被斷網,反抗勢力難以突破通訊阻斷

9 May 2024
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沒有網路的日子:緬甸政變後的三年有540天被斷網,反抗勢力難以突破通訊阻斷
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9 May 2024
沒有網路的日子:緬甸政變後的三年有540天被斷網,反抗勢力難以突破通訊阻斷
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U.S. cracks down on commercial spyware with visa restrictions

23 Apr 2024
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U.S. cracks down on commercial spyware with visa restrictions
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23 Apr 2024
U.S. cracks down on commercial spyware with visa restrictions
Protect Not Surveil Socials
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Between privacy and border control: tech in the Migration Pact

19 Apr 2024
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Between privacy and border control: tech in the Migration Pact
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19 Apr 2024
Between privacy and border control: tech in the Migration Pact
U.S. blocklists Sandvine for enabling digital repression in Egypt
Surveillance
Surveillance

New EU migrant pact ushering in ‘deadly new era of digital surveillance,’ privacy experts warn

17 Apr 2024
News
New EU migrant pact ushering in ‘deadly new era of digital surveillance,’ privacy experts warn
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17 Apr 2024
New EU migrant pact ushering in ‘deadly new era of digital surveillance,’ privacy experts warn
U.S. Senate must stop the biggest expansion of surveillance power in 20 years
Privacy
Privacy

U.S. Senate must stop the biggest expansion of surveillance power in 20 years

17 Apr 2024
Press Release
U.S. Senate must stop the biggest expansion of surveillance power in 20 years
17 Apr 2024
U.S. Senate must stop the biggest expansion of surveillance power in 20 years
Protect Not Surveil
Surveillance
Surveillance

Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance

10 Apr 2024

The EU New Pact on Migration and Asylum ushers in a deadly new era of digital surveillance, expanding the digital infrastructure for an EU border regime based on the criminalisation and punishment of migrants and racialised people. 

Press Release
Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance
10 Apr 2024
Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance
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Falsos positivos, verdaderas consecuencias

26 Mar 2024
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Falsos positivos, verdaderas consecuencias
26 Mar 2024
Falsos positivos, verdaderas consecuencias
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Data Protection
Data Protection

Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx

25 Mar 2024

El Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx es una guía para ayudarte a navegar el sistema judicial en caso de sufrir una detención errónea por sistemas biométricos.

Guide
Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx
25 Mar 2024
Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx
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“Smart borders” and the making of a humanitarian crisis

13 Mar 2024
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“Smart borders” and the making of a humanitarian crisis
13 Mar 2024
“Smart borders” and the making of a humanitarian crisis
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Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

Joint statement – A dangerous precedent: how the EU AI Act fails migrants and people on the move

13 Mar 2024

The EU AI Act falls short in the vital area of migration, failing to prevent harm and provide protection for people on the move.

Press Release
Joint statement – A dangerous precedent: how the EU AI Act fails migrants and people on the move
13 Mar 2024
Joint statement – A dangerous precedent: how the EU AI Act fails migrants and people on the move
Bigger, bolder: U.S. slaps sanctions on spyware company and executives
Surveillance
Surveillance

Bigger, bolder: U.S. slaps sanctions on spyware company and executives

7 Mar 2024
Press Release
Bigger, bolder: U.S. slaps sanctions on spyware company and executives
7 Mar 2024
Bigger, bolder: U.S. slaps sanctions on spyware company and executives
Thumbnail of the Investigation report: how Pegasus spyware crushes civic space in Jordan
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Spyware found on phones in Jordan

28 Feb 2024
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Spyware found on phones in Jordan
28 Feb 2024
Spyware found on phones in Jordan