Senior Legal Officer
Deadline for application: 20 March 2013
Privacy International is one of the world’s leading privacy organisations. It was founded in 1990 and has active associates in over 20 countries. Its mission is to defend the right to privacy across the world, and to fight unlawful surveillance and other intrusions into private life by governments and corporations.
The vision of Privacy International is a world in which privacy is protected by governments, respected by corporations and cherished by individuals. We believe that technological developments should strengthen, rather than undermine, the right to a private life, and that everyone’s personal information and communications must be carefully safeguarded, regardless of nationality, religion, personal or economic status.
The role of the Senior Legal Officer is to develop and implement Privacy International’s litigation strategy as part of the Big Brother Incorporated project, in collaboration with the Head of Research and the Head of International Advocacy. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Research.
The Big Brother Incorporated project investigates the international trade in surveillance technology, with a particular focus on the flow of products from Western countries to repressive regimes intent on using them as tools of political control. The project's objectives are:
• To raise worldwide awareness of the dangers of surveillance technologies and the ethical failures of the surveillance industry.
• To ensure that export controls are put in place in Europe and the US to restrict the sale of surveillance technologies to repressive regimes.
• To seek redress for those who have suffered harm as a result of Western-manufactured surveillance technologies.