• Forbes:  Lawsuit Alleges TikTok ‘Collected Data From Minors, Sent It To Servers In China’

    August 05, 2020

    Dozens of parents of minors across the U.S. have filed lawsuits against Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok alleging that the app collects facial recognition and location data and data on close contacts from minors, then sends it to servers in China.

  • Top MEP Accuses VW of being Complicit in the Oppression of the Uighur Minority in China.

    July 27, 2020

    Reinhard Bütikofer, the chair of the European Parliament's delegation for relations with China, has slammed Volkswagen for not confronting China over its mistreatment of the Uighur minority in a region where the German carmaker has a factory.

  • Social Media Giants Block Requests on Hong Kong User Data

    July 08, 2020

    After the rollout of new "national security" laws prohibiting the expression of views that Beijing views as secessionist, subversive, terrorist in nature, or as foreign intervention in the territory's internal affairs, social media platforms and messaging apps, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter, are denying law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong.

  • FP: New Report Exposes Brutal Methods of Russia’s Wagner Group

    June 17, 2020

    According to a report in Foreign Policy, a network of private military security operatives, led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, serves as the tip of the spear in Russia’s global influence efforts with almost no accountability.

  • Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

    June 09, 2020

    As schools plan their re-opening during the persistent COVID-19 pandemic, some are considering the use of surveillance technology, including at least one school district testing a system that would require each student to wear an electronic beacon to monitor their location, contacts, and meeting patterns.

  • HRW urges US Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the EARN IT Act

    June 03, 2020

    According to Human Rights Watch, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee should reject the EARN IT Act on the basis that it would jeopardize privacy and free expression rights without effectively protecting children from online sexual exploitation.

  • WaPo: COVID-19 Contract-Tracing App Violates Its Own Privacy Policy

    May 27, 2020

    A new analysis of one of the first of a handful of U.S. contact-tracing apps, North and South Dakota's Care19, finds it violates its own privacy policy by sharing citizen location and other personal data with an outside company.

  • France Online Speech Regulation Follows Growing Trend

    May 20, 2020

    Georgetown University Professor Mark MacCarthy describes the new French laws pertaining to the regulation of harmful online speech, such as involving terrorism and child pornography, but urges regulators tread carefully in regulating "hate" speech, which is given broader protection by U.S. First Amendment law.

  • Slate: Employer Surveillance Technology Increases

    May 13, 2020

    In a Slate article, Natalie Chyi explains how the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly increasing employer surveillance of employee health and productivity.

  • George: Coronavirus Crisis Accelerates the Shift to Stakeholder Capitalism

    May 13, 2020

    Writing in Fortune, Bill George argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift away from companies' singular emphasis on shareholders to stakeholder capitalism, in which businesses simultaneously expand their markets while creating value for their customers, employees, communities, and investors.

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