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  • Google and Other Advertisers Accused of Violating EU Privacy Laws

    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.

  • US halts imports from China’s Xinjiang region known for Human Rights Abuses

    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.

  • Facebook's New Terms Expand the Company's Ability to Remove Content

    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.

  • NYT: Study Finds Amazon's Employee Surveillance Can Limit Unions

    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.

  • UK Appeals Court Finds Facial Recognition Software Unlawful

    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.

  • 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.

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