The Panoptykon Foundation was established in April 2009, in Poland, upon the initiative of a group of engaged lawyers, to express their opposition to surveillance. It’s mission is to protect fundamental rights and freedoms in the context of fast-changing technologies and growing surveillance.
Panoptykon considers data and algorithms a source of power, and – in confrontation with huge asymmetries of this power – strives to defend human rights and open society. With a mix of legal tactics, long-term advocacy, targeted research, and awareness raising campaigns, Panoptykon exposes and tames surveillance practices. including the use of information about people, by both public and private actors, as a tool of control. Panoptykon keeps an eye on all key entities, such as public authorities, intelligence agencies and tech corporations that collect and use personal data in order to influence people. It believes that surveillance measures should only be allowed when necessary, proportionate, and subject to independent oversight, by institutions, free media, and robust civil society.