· February, 2014

Stories about Privacy from February, 2014

26 February 2014

Hong Kong Police Made Thousands of Personal Data Requests With No Judicial Oversight

In 2013, the Hong Kong Police Force made 7,462 requests for user data under the pretext of "crime investigation", yet the process was not monitored by any judicial bodies.

25 February 2014

Arab Bloggers: A Blessed Generation?

"It’s no surprise that three years after the start of the Arab revolutions, the situation of online freedom of expression in the region seems almost as bleak as it did...

18 February 2014

Venezuela: Police Seize Protester Mobile Phones

Protesters believe police are reviewing their personal information, erasing pictures and video of the protests, and sending prank messages to their families and friends.

14 February 2014

Love in the Time of Code Era: A Poem About Secure Communication

"It's been a year you first whispered in my ear that PGP is of no use anymore."

13 February 2014

Two Million Mobile SIM Cards Deactivated in Zambia

Zambians who failed to register their SIM cards are now facing dead air -- journalists and opposition party leaders say the deactivations are a violation of citizens' privacy and communication...

Web We Want Contest: Cartoonists Fight Back!

The Web We Want initiative challenged artists everywhere to produce cartoons on the topic of NSA surveillance, in support of #TheDayWeFightBack -- here are the winners!

12 February 2014

VIDEO: ‘Nothing to Hide’ — Really? #TheDayWeFightBack

In this catchy music video, Jérémie Zimmermann, from French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net, partners with La Parisienne Libérée to ask Internet users: Are you sure you have...

11 February 2014

China: Prostitution Crackdown Reveals Mass Mobile Surveillance Abuses

A feature on China Central Television that traced the pathways of sex trade workers and clients indicates that the Chinese government is using mass surveillance over mainland mobile networks.

Brazilian Activists Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

As the world comes together to take a stand against mass surveillance on February 11, 2014, Brazilian citizens, organizations and collectives are bringing momentum to #TheDayWeFightBack campaign.

Privacy vs. Free Speech? Questioning the Conflict

"In the Arab world...we are still struggling to have our voices heard. I cannot accept the idea that the fight has now moved to the area of surveillance and away...