Surveillance and the intimidation of human rights defenders and community activists is increasing in the mobile communications age. The following suggestions and applications can help you guard against people accessing your personal information during protests.
CONTROL / TURN OFF DATA SHARING
Enabling GPS and Wireless allows your cellphone company and the applications accessing your location data to have a more precise location history, so it is advised to turn these services off when you don’t need them. Also, the history of every wireless network you have ever connected to is stored on your phone. It broadcasts this information whenever it searches for available networks.
PASSWORD AND ENCRYPTION
It is advisable to lock the SIM card and the phone screen with a PIN code for enhanced security. It is also possible to add another layer of security to the accounts, settings, applications, photos and files stored on the device by setting a pass-phrase and encrypting the data.
COE - Report on the Urgent Need to Prevent Human Rights Violations During Peaceful Protests (2016)
The report stresses that the European Convention on Human Rights, as interpreted by the Court, has
established clear positive and negative obligations for State Parties. Member States are called upon to review
existing legislation with a view to bringing it into conformity with the Convention and other international human
rights instruments regarding the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and to regulate the use of tear gas
and other “less lethal” weapons more strictly. It also proposes that member States adopt and implement a
human rights-based approach to policing protests, in particular through training police in the use of nonviolent,
dialogue-oriented crowd control methods, and effectively investigate and adequately sanction all
instances of ill-treatment committed by law-enforcement officials.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948. It sets out fundamental human rights to be universally protected, including the "right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association" in article 20.