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.
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.
May 27, 2020
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.
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.