Stories about Privacy from 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.
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 before 2011." Hisham Almiraat reflects on #AB14.
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.
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."
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 rights.
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!
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 nothing to hide?
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 from free speech."
Iran on the Day to End Mass Surveillance
On the "Day We Fight Back", one digital rights group urges the world not to forget that pervasive surveillance has long been part of everyday life in Iran.