October 03, 2022
Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram -- reputed to be an unhackable messaging app and having over half a billion users -- was targeted for potential surveillance in the Pegasus spyware case, reports The Guardian.  
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.
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.
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.
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.