Stories about Privacy

30 November 2016

Experts Cast Doubt on Tunisia’s Biometric Identification Bill

Digital rights advocates and Tunisia's Data Protection Authority are voicing concern about the bill. At present, Tunisia does not require government authorities to obtain court approval before accessing citizen data.

23 November 2016

Porn Customers Have a Right to Privacy — But Who's Looking Out For Them?

Violations to privacy rights expose not only the personal data of adult sites' users but the cracks of legal systems unable to protect customers of such websites.

22 November 2016

Brazil Superior Court Rules in Google's Favor, Against ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

The court ruled that forcing search engines to adjudicate removal requests would give too much responsibility to search engines, effectively making them into digital censors.

19 November 2016

No Surprise: Backdoors and Spyware on Smartphones is the Norm in China

"We are so used to the leaking of personal data. We don’t care about government surveillance anymore. We are nobody."

28 October 2016

Hello Vodafone: What Does It Mean When a Global Telco Giant Enters Iran?

Vodafone's partnership with an Iranian telco is a welcome improvement to the local telecommunications market. But the potential for complicity between Vodafone and Iran's surveillance infrastructure is hard to ignore.

26 October 2016

Leaked Xinjiang Police Report Describes Circumvention Tools as ‘Terrorist Software’

The report describes using VPNs as an indicator of criminality, or a “pre-criminal” behavior, perhaps a harbinger of tighter restrictions to come.

7 October 2016

Bangladesh Introduces ‘Smart’ National Identity Cards

Collecting massive amounts of personal and biometric data opens up thorny issues around security and surveillance. As the database is built up, who will gain access to it?

30 September 2016

Netizen Report: Swiss Citizens Say Yes to Surveillance

Swiss activists lose referendum on privacy, Jordanian authorities ban media coverage of writer’s assassination, and Mexico is spending even more money on surveillance tools than was previously known.

29 September 2016

Mexico's Attorney General Secretly Purchased Costly Spyware (Again)

The Mexican government, for many years, allocated millions of dollars to acquiring highly intrusive digital spy technology without being transparent on how they were using it.

24 September 2016

Sudanese Authorities Use ‘Pornography’ as Evidence in Criminal Trial of Human Rights Advocates

Sudanese authorities are using what they deem as "pornographic" and "immoral" evidence in a trial of ten civil society activists, six of whom are facing capital punishment charges.

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