Stories about Privacy

24 August 2018

Russian social media giant evades hard questions about privacy failures

One user challenged Vkontakte: "How many times have you challenged the security services in court over their demands to hand over user information? You have that right."

8 August 2018

India's biometric ID system takes more heat, after Google admits it coded helpline numbers into Android phones

With a growing list of incidents of system malfunctions and personal data leaks, Aadhaar has failed to gain public trust.

6 August 2018

Iran’s telecommunications company illegally rerouted Telegram app traffic

In a new move aimed at tightening the state-imposed ban on the Telegram messaging app, the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) temporarily rerouted Telegram app traffic in violation of domestic law in July 2018.In...

25 July 2018

Ghanaians challenge their government over a telco monitoring program, claiming privacy violations

Petitioners say the system will monitor more than just revenues, warning that it will allow for easy government snooping on calls and messages.

11 July 2018

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

9 July 2018

Chinese mobile phone cameras are not-so-secretly recording users’ activities

This design feature has given Chinese mobile users a tangible sense of exactly when and how they are being monitored.

25 June 2018

Vietnam’s new Cybersecurity Law could further undermine free speech and disrupt businesses

"Despite the government’s claims, control is at the heart of the new legislation."

10 May 2018

Billions served? Human rights in the Facebook era

Tracking hate speech, harassment, and political censorship on the world’s largest social network

25 April 2018

The chilling effect of officials discussing Telegram's imminent ban in Iran

Some officials say Telegram is set to be blocked at the end of April. Although the app remains technically unfiltered at the moment, usage among Iranians is down.

13 April 2018

Netizen Report: Around the World, Activists Demand Answers From Facebook

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.