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International Privacy Day: Anti-Surveillance Success Stories
Written by Katitza Rodriguez On 31 January 2013 @ 1:30 am | 3 Comments
In Activism, Advocacy, Argentina, Feature, Human Rights, Latin America and Caribbean, Privacy, United Kingdom, USA
January 28 marked  International Privacy Day. Different countries celebrated  this day calling attention to their own  events and campaigns. This year, EFF is honoring the day by sharing some advocacy strategies utilized by human rights advocates and activists from Argentina, the UK, Canada, and the United States, that have helped to defeat overreaching surveillance proposals that threaten civil liberties.
These are some of the biggest success stories EFF has highlighted:
What: Online surveillance legislation put on hold after mass public opposition.
Who: OpenMedia.ca, CIPPIC, and the Internet
Innovative social media campaigns can fuel public interest.
Whenever possible, build opposition before bad legislation is introduced.
“People are smart. Let them help.” (Lindsey Pinto, OpenMedia.ca)
What: Extreme mandatory data retention law overturned in the face of public scrutiny.
Who: Fundación Via Libre & digital rights advocates
Cultivate relationships with the press.
Be sure you are precise and trustworthy in conversations with the media.
Don’t call the press for everything. Select your topics carefully.
Connect the local press with experts in the field.
What: Biometric ID database dismantled in the face of public opposition.
Where: United Kingdom
Who: No2ID and affiliates; LSE Identity Project
In-depth research can shed light on a complex surveillance scheme.
Op-Eds in local media outlets can help get the message across.
It is possible to halt a surveillance program after it’s been implemented.
What: A privacy-invasive cybersecurity legislation failed to win approval.
Where: United States
Who: EFF and coalition of digital rights advocates
Use humor as a tool to build support and challenge outrageous proposals.
Cultivate relationships with lawmakers who share your position.
Reach out to experts in the field to generate authoritative opposition.
We hope this compilation will help other advocates who are encountering problematic proposals in their own countries.
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 marked: https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Privacy-Day/264341804606?sk=wall
 celebrated: http://www.brusselsdeclaration.net/
 to their own: http://zine.openrightsgroup.org/features/2013/the-right-to-anonymity
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 English: https://www.eff.org/pages/success-story-turning-tide-against-online-spying
 Spanish: https://www.eff.org/es/pages/caso-exitoso-cambiando-el-debate-alrededor-del-ciberespionaje
 Portuguese: https://www.eff.org/fr/pages/hist%C3%B3ria-de-sucesso-virando-mar%C3%A9-contra-espionagem-online
 English: https://www.eff.org/pages/success-story-breaking-news-about-data-retention
 Spanish: https://www.eff.org/es/pages/caso-exitoso-noticia-de-%C3%BAltimo-momento-sobre-retenci%C3%B3n-obligatoria-de-datos-personales
 Portuguese: https://www.eff.org/fr/pages/uma-hist%C3%B3ria-de-sucesso-%C3%BAltimas-not%C3%ADcias-sobre-reten%C3%A7%C3%A3o-de-dados
 English: https://www.eff.org/pages/success-story-dismantling-uk%E2%80%99s-biometric-id-database
 Spanish: https://www.eff.org/es/pages/caso-exitoso-desmantelando-la-base-de-datos-biom%C3%A9tricos-del-reino-unido
 Portuguese: https://www.eff.org/fr/pages/hist%C3%B3ria-de-sucesso-desmantelamento-o-banco-de-dados-de-identifica%C3%A7%C3%A3o-biom%C3%A9trico-do-reino
 English: https://www.eff.org/pages/success-story-mobilizing-netizens-stop-cyber-spying
 Spanish: https://www.eff.org/es/pages/caso-exitoso-mobilizando-netizens-para-frenar-el-ciberespionaje
 Portuguese: https://www.eff.org/fr//pages/Uma%20hist%C3%B3ria%20de%20sucesso%3A%20mobiliza%C3%A7%C3%A3o%20de%20internautas%20para%20impedir%20a%20ciberespionagem
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