Right to digital privacy in Central America

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Right to digital privacy in Central America
Presenter(s) Luciana Peri, Lía Hernández Pérez
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Organization(s) Fundación Acceso, IPANDETEC, Access Now
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Country(ies) Costa Rica, Panama
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2017 theme Internet Freedom: Present & Future

Fundación Acceso support HRDs in processes related with their digital security through technical assistance, seminars, awareness processes, knowledge and ICT resources to defend rights including privacy and to prevent surveillance. In many of those meetings, the HRDs expressed legal concerns related with their digital security, and the facilitators had to answer questions such as: “In my country, is it legal to encrypt my e-mails?”; “When I am crossing a border, are migration officers allowed to force me to turn on my computer and show them my digital information?”; “If there is a break-in in the organization where I work, and the computers are confiscated, Do we have to give the password of our encrypted e-mails?”

From Acceso, we couldn't answer those questions and we realized that no research had been conducted on those topics in the countries where we working. Under such conditions, we decided to take the challenge and conduct this research. In this session we are going to present research's results, which primary objective is to analyze the legal frameworks in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua related to the right to digital privacy in order to determine if they can be used to criminalize and / or surveil HRDs in those countries.

Currently, the same research is being developed by Access Now in Costa Rica and IPANDETEC in Panamá, so they will join us in the conversation to share their preliminary progresses.

Format Conversation
Target Groups Journalists, Software Developers, Security Trainers, Designers, Usability, Advocacy/Policy Professional, Communications Professionals, Academia, Front Line Activists
Length 1 Hour
Skill Level Novice
Language Español


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