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  • 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‚Äôs 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.

  • Biddlecomb: UK May be Heading Toward a Duty on Businesses to Prevent Breaches of Human Rights

    May 13, 2020

    Writing in The National Law Review, Robert Biddlecomb describes the possibility and nature of the UK adopting a legal mechanism that would hold businesses liable for preventing human rights violations.

  • Brotman: Americans Need to Discuss Digital Privacy

    May 13, 2020

    Writing in The HIll, Stuart Brotman explains that the increased use of, and dependence on, networks, websites, and apps to undertake daily activities while social distancing has made digital privacy a "kitchen table" issue, literally and figuratively.

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