Privacy International: Protecting Privacy for Human Dignity

Since 1990, Privacy International has fought to protect the right to privacy around the globe. The UK-based NGO is committed to challenging governments and companies that access individuals', groups', and whole societies' data without consent. Privacy International firmly believes that privacy is necessary to protect autonomy and human dignity. All people everywhere need it, regardless of citizenship, race and ethnicity, economic status, gender, age, or education.

Though Privacy International is based in the UK, it focuses its efforts on a global scale. Through civil society partnerships, the organization advocates for strong national, regional, and international laws that protect privacy. Additionally, Privacy International conducts research to catalyze policy change and raises public awareness about technologies and laws that put privacy at risk.

NGOsource's Role

Privacy International first went through the equivalency determination (ED) process with NGOsource in 2014 when one of its funders requested its ED. Privacy International notes that receiving the ED supported it in accessing "new significant funding sources, which are key to any organisation operating internationally." Since going through the initial ED process, both the original and several other funders renewed Privacy International's ED certificate. The new funding sources that Privacy International was able to access as a result of going through this process have resulted in its receiving multiyear grants amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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ED in Action

Privacy International was able to utilize the grant funding that it received after its ED to expand its reach to new civil society actors and the tech community around the globe.

In one project, Privacy International articulated its own approach to identifying what "good cybersecurity" should look like. It conducted in-depth consultations with its partners and experts and reflected on the shortcomings of policies and practices. The conclusion was that good cybersecurity requires reconciling security and privacy, building trust, and protecting not only our devices and networks, which is often the focus, but also people.

This multidisciplinary approach supported Privacy International in its work of articulating advocacy demands to regulators and technical standard-setting bodies, both regionally and internationally. It has responded to consultations, engaged in public forums, and engaged directly with decision-makers and expert communities. This contribution adds to the global discourse on cybersecurity threats, restrictions on security research, and the lack of transparency and accountability from the private sector.

There's no denying that the world and the way that governments and companies use data will continue to evolve over time. Privacy International will be right there alongside these changes, leading the charge for privacy protection as a human right.

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