Privacy International has prepared introduction articles and videos to explain the basic concepts behind privacy and surveillance:

What does ‘Big Data’ have to do with privacy? How does law enforcement intercept my phone calls? How does internet monitoring work? What do you mean by ‘mass surveillance’?

As modern society progresses with the aid of rapidly advancing technologies, you may have lots of questions about what the impacts are on your privacy. Privacy 101 tells you everything you need to know about how these issues affect your life.

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What is Communication Surveillance?

Communications surveillance is the monitoring, interception, collection, preservation and retention of information that has been communicated, relayed or generated over communications networks to a group of recipients by a third party.


What is Mass Surveillance?

Mass surveillance is the subjection of a population or significant component of a group to indiscriminate monitoring.


What is Privacy?

Privacy is a fundamental right, essential to autonomy and the protection of human dignity, serving as the foundation upon which many other human rights are built.

Privacy 101 – Privacy International