September 28, 2023
In a landmark decision, the German Constitutional Court has ruled that mass surveillance of telecommunications outside of Germany conducted on foreign nationals is unconstitutional. Thanks to the chief legal counsel, Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF), this a major victory for global civil liberties, but especially those that live and work in Europe. Many will now be protected after...
For nearly a decade MI5 knowingly mishandled data collected through surveillance in violation of statutory safeguards. The service also failed to inform the UK government watchdog IPCO of these unlawful errors. The safeguards and oversight system contained in the Investigatory Powers Act of 2016 is thereby little more than window dressing.
Across Europe, highly intrusive and rights-violating facial recognition and biometric processing technologies are quietly becoming ubiquitous in our public spaces. As the European Commission consults the public on what to do, EDRi calls on the Commission and EU Member States to ensure that such technologies are comprehensively banned in both law and practice.
After two weeks of working from her Brooklyn apartment, a 25-year-old e-commerce worker received a staffwide email from her company: Employees were to install software called Hubstaff immediately on their personal computers so it could track their mouse movements and keyboard strokes, and record the webpages they visited.
More than 170 UK researchers and scientists working in information security and privacy have signed a joint statement about their concerns over NHS plans to use a contact-tracing app to help contain the coronavirus outbreak, warning that the government must not create a tool that could be used for the purposes of surveillance.
Should the police be able to monitor what you’re doing in your backyard? City of Elizabeth officials think so. The police department is using drones to watch residents and broadcast warnings to those suspected of not following social distancing guidelines. The drones surveil areas that are not easy for officers to patrol with cars: parks, alleys, and yards behind houses.
The application Aarogya Setu, was created in India and aims to detect new cases coronavirus. The country's government has now imposed this application to all private sector employees. Earlier, the Indian government had made the application mandatory for all government employees, even those working in public sector organizations.
A Dutch COVID-19 tracking app has leaked user data as it made its source code available for scrutiny, according to local reports.
Around the world, a diverse and growing chorus is calling for the use of smartphone proximity technology to fight COVID-19. In particular, public health experts and others argue that smartphones could provide a solution to an urgent need for rapid, widespread contact tracing—that is, tracking who infected people come in contact with as they move through the world. Proponents of this approach...
Discussions on the negative impact of Artificial Intelligence in society include horror stories plucked from either China’s high-tech surveillance state and its use of the controversial social credit system, or from the US and its use of recidivism algorithms and predictive policing.