Spying and control: the Pegasus Project and the use of technology for public surveillance

Latin America Technological advances have demonstrated, in multiple opportunities, their benefits to strengthen transparency and citizen participation processes. However, in recent times we have seen how they have been used to deepen state control mechanisms. The recent revelations of the Pegasus Project exposed this. In July 2021, an international journalistic investigation unveiled the abuse perpetrated […]

INAI and IFT challenged a decree involving data collection from cell phone users

Mexico Impact | Negative Civicus Rating | Repressed At the end of April, the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI, in Spanish) filed an action of unconstitutionality before the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) against the decree that creates a registry of cell phone users […]

Mobile phone companies, obliged by law to share the personal information of their users

Mexico Impact | Negative Civicus Rating | Repressed On April 16, President Obrador enacted a legislative decree creating a National Registry of Mobile Telephone Users – that is, a database holding personal information to be used to fight crimes such as extortion and kidnapping. Telecommunications service providers will be responsible for collecting and registering information […]

Intelligence agencies will no longer be able to participate in criminal investigations

Argentina Impact | Positive Civicus Rating | Narrowed While a case is advancing for alleged illegal espionage maneuvers during the government of former President Mauricio Macri, the Senate endorsed a decree in March that modifies Law 25.520 on National Intelligence by prohibiting cooperation between intelligence agencies and the criminal justice system, the performance of repressive […]

Amid a climate of political tension, Congress will monitor judicial wiretapping

Argentina Impact | Negative Rating CIVICUS | Narrowed On June 30, the presidents of both Houses of Congress signed a joint resolution, designating the Bicameral Committee for the Supervision of Intelligence Agencies and Activities responsible for following up on activities carried out by the Directorate for Criminal Justice Assistance Complexes, a body under the jurisdiction of […]

New cyber patrol protocol could allow for mass surveillance of social networks

Argentina Impact | Negative Rating CIVICUS | Narrowed Different social organizations expressed their concern about the possible implications of a protocol approved by the Ministry of Security on May 31, which enables security forces to perform cyber patrols on open sources and social networks. Authorities are seeking to detect crimes in relation to COVID-19, such as the […]