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Index

1. Biometric surveillance

2. Strong encryption

3. Video surveillance

4. Other campaigns and petitions

Biometric surveillance

Ban Biometric Surveillance

Access Now, Amnesty International, EDRi, Human Rights Watch, IFF, IDEC

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. In such cases, the potential for abuse is too great, and the consequences too severe. We must ban such practices once and for all. More than 175 civil society organizations, activists, technologists, and other experts around the world have already joined together to sign the open letter below calling on decision makers to stand up against rights-abusing uses of biometric surveillance technologies. Will you join us to #BanBS?

Reclaim Your Face

A movement led by civil society organisations across Europe

The future must be ours to shape. Facial recognition can and will be used against each of us by governments and corporations – based on who we are and what we look like. Reclaim our public space. Ban biometric mass surveillance!

Ban the Scan

Amnesty International

Do you want your face to be used to track you? Facial recognition threatens the rights of Black and Brown people and could target other minority groups.

Ban Automated Recognition of Gender and Sexual Orientation

All Out, Access Now

Automated recognition of gender and sexual orientation is scientifically flawed and puts LGBT+ lives at risk. The European Union has the opportunity to ban this technology and prevent such tools from being exported around the world.

Tell Biden: Halt Dangerous Face Recognition Technologies

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The use of face recognition technology (FRT) by the federal government in policing and the enabling of its use in other areas of public life, as in schools and public housing, is posing a profound and unprecedented threat to our core civil rights – and is particularly dangerous for communities of color and other marginalized groups. It’s time to put a stop to it.

About Face

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Government use of face surveillance technology chills free speech, threatens residents’ privacy, and amplifies historical bias in our criminal system. Join us in ending government use of face surveillance in our communities.

Ban Facial Recognition

Fight for the Future

Congress just introduced a bill that would effectively ban law enforcement use of facial recognition. Send a message now to tell your members of Congress that facial recognition surveillance technology is unreliable, unjust, and a threat to basic rights and safety, and they should support the legislation to stop facial recognition!

Tell Spotify to drop its creepy plan to spy on our conversations and emotionally manipulate us for profit

Fight for the Future, UMAW

Spotify has filed a patent for a plan to constantly monitor our conversations and use voice recognition software to emotionally manipulate us for profit. Sign the petition now to tell the company to “abandon this patent for audio and emotional surveillance and publicly promise never to use this invasive technology on listeners.

No Facial Recognition in the Magic Kingdom

Fight for the Future

Disney just announced that it would be testing facial recognition at entry points to the Magic Kingdom, as a form of admission to the park. This is the latest example of corporations using facial recognition without concern for how the mass collection of biometric data puts people in danger.

Strong encryption

Tell the Governments of the World: No Backdoors!

Access Now

Leaders of the world’s governments support the safety and security of users, companies, and governments by strengthening the integrity of communications and systems. In doing so, they should reject laws, policies, or other mandates or practices, including secret agreements with companies, that limit access to or undermine encryption and other secure communications tools and technologies.

Save Security

Fight for the Future

Encryption is a basic form of security, like a lock on the front door of your house. It protects valuable digital information — everything from personal communications and bank account passwords to air traffic control systems and nuclear power plant controls. The US Department of Justice is once again demanding that tech companies create digital backdoors that break encryption, but this will only make all of us more vulnerable to privacy abuse, malicious hacking, and terrorist attacks.

Speak Up For Strong Encryption Rules in Congress

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Everyone online relies on strong encryption for our privacy and security. But federal law enforcement officials keep attacking encryption, seeking backdoor access that would allow the government to scan our messages. This year, we have a chance to fight back. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) have proposed to ban federal funds from being spent on software or hardware that creates security vulnerabilities or weakens end-to-end encryption. Tell your Representative to back the Malinowski-Meijer language in an upcoming appropriations bill.

Video surveillance

Tell Amazon Ring to End Its Dangerous Police Partnerships

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Amazon Ring has set up more than 1300 partnerships with law enforcement agencies. This promotes racial profiling by exacerbating suspicion and paranoia, vastly expands police surveillance, discourages free speech, and undermines trust between police and residents. Ring plays an active role in enabling and perpetuating police harassment of Black Americans. Please join us in demanding that Amazon Ring end these partnerships.

Cancel Amazon+Police Partnerships

Fight for the Future

In over 1,400 cities across the country, Amazon provides police departments with warrantless access to request and store footage from thousands of Ring cameras. This surveillance en masse gives cops unprecedented power. But mayors and city officials have the ability to stop them. Tell local elected officials to cancel these dangerous partnerships.

Other campaigns and petitions

An open letter to remove Richard M. Stallman from all leadership positions

Richard M. Stallman, frequently known as RMS, has been a dangerous force in the free software community for a long time. He has shown himself to be misogynist, ableist, and transphobic, among other serious accusations of impropriety. These sorts of beliefs have no place in the free software, digital rights, and tech communities. With his recent reinstatement to the Board of Directors of the Free Software Foundation, we call for the entire Board of the FSF to step down and for RMS to be removed from all leadership positions.

Battle for the Net

Fight for the Future

The Federal Communications Commission is deadlocked, and will remain so until the Biden administration nominates, and the Senate confirms, a fifth commissioner. But we desperately need a functional FCC now: Millions of people are without reliable Internet access in the midst of a pandemic, kids are sitting outside Taco Bell to do homework, and people need to access information about how to get a vaccine. The Biden administration needs to nominate a fifth commissioner who doesn’t have ties to the telecom industry and will stand up to the ISPs, who supports reinstating net neutrality, and who will expand broadband and ensure everyone — especially low-income neighborhoods and communities of color who have experienced the greatest harm by the digital divide — has affordable access to the Internet.

Tell Congress: Support the Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

EFF is launching a campaign in support of the Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act, or H.R. 2738 and S.1265. This legislation prevents the government from purchasing information it would otherwise need a warrant to acquire. Tell your senators and representatives that this bill must be passed!

Tell McGraw-Hill to drop Proctorio

Fight for the Future

Yuck: major textbook company McGraw-Hill is telling professors that forcing students to use creepy, discriminatory spyware is normal.

No More PATRIOT Act

Fight for the Future

In the wake of the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill, politicians on both sides of the aisle are calling for new laws that will let them spy on the American public. We’ve seen the government abuse these laws before, performing warrantless surveillance on Black Lives Matter protesters, journalists, and millions of ordinary people just like you and me while ignoring credible threats of violence. We can’t let that happen again. Tell your lawmakers: “No more PATRIOT Act and no more spying on people without a warrant.”

Universal Declaration of Data Rights as Human Rights

Coded Bias

CODED BIAS is a documentary film that aims to shine a light on bias encoded in the algorithms that impact us all, and the threat these automated systems pose to civil and human rights. We invite you to sign in support of our Universal Declaration of Data Rights as Human Rights.

#WhyID: Protecting Our Identity in the Digital Age

Access Now

We urge international development banks, the United Nations, international aid organisations, funding agencies, and national governments to consider the impact that ill-considered, badly designed, and poorly implemented digital identity programmes can have on human lives, and follow our recommendations to protect human rights. We urge that some basic questions on the objectives, need, and benefits of these digital identity programmes must be answered before pursuing the what, the how, the when, and the who of digital identity. We write to raise our voice and ask this very first basic question — Why ID?

End University App Mandates

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, universities across the country have rushed to adopt new apps and devices to monitor public health on campus. While a university’s desire to keep its students safe is laudable, many of these programs come with numerous privacy and security concerns, especially when they force students, faculty, and staff to submit to surveillance.

Brazil: Fighting “fake news” shouldn’t violate privacy

Access Now

The Brazilian National Congress is debating a new law to halt the dissemination of so-called “fake news.” Draft Bill 2630/2020, the “Brazilian Internet Freedom, Responsibility and Transparency Law,” might sound interesting, but the bill could — even unintentionally — impact the exercise of rights in Brazil, in particular freedom of expression, privacy, and the protection of personal data.

USA must drop charges against Julian Assange

Amnesty International

Authorities in the USA must drop the espionage and all other charges against Julian Assange that relate to his publishing activities as part of his work with Wikileaks. The US government’s unrelenting pursuit of Julian Assange for having published disclosed documents that included possible war crimes committed by the US military is nothing short of a full-scale assault on the right to freedom of expression.

Page last updated: 8 June 2021