September 21, 2020
Johnny Ryan, a senior fellow at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, a NGO, has accused Google and several data brokers of violating the EU's privacy rules by harvesting people's personal information to build highly detailed online profiles, including information on sexual orientation, health status, and religious beliefs.
September 15, 2020
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) has put a freeze on imports from companies that produce cotton, clothing and computer parts in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, where local authorities have detained more than 1 million people in detention camps due to their ethnic and religious minorities.
September 02, 2020
Facebook's new terms rolling out October 1st will now allow the tech giant to remove or restrict access to any content if the company believes that such an action can help it avoid or mitigate potential legal or regulatory action, thereby expanding the company's control over their platform.
September 01, 2020
A recent study conducted by Open Markets Institute raises concerns that Amazon's use of surveillance to monitor employee COVID-19-related health and productivity, including navigation software, item scanners, wristbands, thermal cameras, security cameras and recorded footage in warehouses and stores, may be limiting the possibility of union organization.
August 15, 2020
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has overturned the High Court’s 2019 dismissal of a challenge to South Wales Police use of Automated Facial Recognition (“AFR”) technology, finding that its use was unlawful and violated the human right to respect for private and family life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.