• Internet café in Lalibela, Amhara Region, Ethiopia.
    The Ethiopian government has renewed efforts to silence independent voices abroad by using apparent foreign spyware. The Ethiopian authorities should immediately cease digital attacks on journalists, while foreign surveillance technology sellers should investigate alleged abuses linked to their products.


Internet Freedom

  • May 19, 2015
    As the Senate considers the USA Freedom Act this week, policymakers should strengthen it by limiting large-scale collection of records and reinforcing transparency and carrying court reforms further. The Senate should also take care not to weaken the bill, and should reject any amendments that would require companies to retain personal data for longer than is necessary for business purposes.
  • May 3, 2015
  • Apr 30, 2015
    The United States Congress should swiftly pass the USA Freedom Act to thwart bulk data collection and improve transparency and oversight of surveillance in the US. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill on April 30, 2015.
  • Apr 23, 2015
    The United States Senate should definitively end bulk data collection and reject a new bill that would endorse and extend the National Security Agency’s mass violation of privacy rights in the US.
  • Apr 20, 2015
    Pakistani lawmakers should reject a new cybercrime prevention bill which contains provisions which threaten rights of privacy and freedom of expression.
  • Apr 19, 2015
    ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, and other organizations are seriously concerned about Pakistan’s proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PEC Bill). The Bill introduces a series of new provisions that pose a grave risk to freedom of expression and privacy in Pakistan. We urge members of the Senate of Pakistan to take a stand against the Bill and call on the Pakistani legislature to ensure that any new cybercrime legislation is fully compliant with international human rights standards.
  • Apr 17, 2015
    The systems of surveillance that Edward Snowden revealed in both the UK and US depend on law for their justification, and are facing legal challenges in both countries’ legislatures.
  • Apr 9, 2015
  • Apr 8, 2015
    Human Rights Watch filed suit on April 7, 2015, against the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for illegally collecting records of the organization’s telephone calls to foreign countries.
  • Apr 6, 2015
    Draft legislation authorizing sweeping powers of digital surveillance is inconsistent with France’s international human rights commitments, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, which has already won approval of the National Assembly’s Law Commission, would create a highly damaging model for other countries and should be reconsidered and revised, not rushed through the parliament.