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Surveillance practices in Latin America are not usually aligned with a human right’s perspective. First, there is not adequate legal or judicial control over them; and second the laws themselves sometimes enable abuses and facilitate mass surveillance without suspicious grounds.
From this perspective, the NGOs Asociación por los Derechos Civiles and Derechos Digitales in partnership with Citizen Lab, have created two reports regarding surveillance practices in Chile and Argentina: two Latin-American countries that have recently surpassed dictatorial regimes. Aditionally, Citizen Lab recently released a study regarding “Packrat: Seven Years of a South American Threat Actor.” Given the history of Chile, Argentina and other many countries in the region undiscriminated and non-regulated surveillance can mount to the creation of a chilling effect when used against activists and political dissidents, along with many other human rights abuses. At the same time, the learnings of the recent history can eventually show a path to follow in terms of having a more transparent and democratic regulation of intelligence agencies and surveillance practices.
This panel aims to have a conversation on the legal analysis and conclusions found by the organizations, in order to present a concrete point of view regarding surveillance practices that harm and affect freedom of opinion and privacy in the online environment in the region.