For almost 70 years, a secret post-war alliance of five English-speaking countries has been building a global surveillance infrastructure to “master the internet” and spy on the worlds communications. This arrangement binds together the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to create what’s collectively known as the Five Eyes.
To expose the activities of the Five Eyes, Privacy International, through its Eyes Wide Open campaign, will aim to:
Pry open the Five Eyes arrangement and subject the world’s most powerful and secret intelligence-sharing regime to appropriate transparency and scrutiny;
Challenge the legal frameworks that enable global surveillance practices, and particularly that discriminate between nationals and foreigners with respect to human rights obligations;
Promote an understanding of human rights obligations as applying to all individuals under a State’s jurisdiction, regardless of their location; and
Campaign for policies that bring intelligence agencies under the rule of law.