Stories about Privacy

19 March 2020

Refugees in Ethiopia's camps raise privacy and exclusion concerns over UNHCR’s new digital registration

Biometric registration enables refugees to secure a digital ID that gives them access to aid. Their use has raised serious concerns about privacy and exclusion among refugees in Ethiopia.

Outrage as Zimbabwe’s military declares social media a ‘dangerous threat’

The military's declaration that social media is a "dangerous threat" has angered Zimbabweans concerned over the increasing deterioration of freedom of expression in the country.

18 February 2020

For Rohingya refugees, ID systems have brought coercion, violence and denial of ethnic identity

"They told us they would withhold rations and that we couldn’t stay in the camps. So we had no choice."

17 February 2020

Pakistan's draconian rules on social media take activists by surprise

The new rules require social media companies to hand over user information and remove content deemed unlawful when requested by the authorities.

#MarginalizedAadhaar: Is India's Aadhaar enabling more exclusion in social welfare for marginalized communities?

India's biometric-based digital ID Aadhaar seems to bring more exclusion to marginalized communities rather than solving it.

14 February 2020

In Lebanon, journalists and activists who cover protests face threats

Media professionals have raised their voices against the use of excessive force against them while they are trying to cover the mass protests.

6 February 2020

Nigeria's digital ID scheme may benefit those ‘with access'— but what about everyone else?

"Without an adequate data privacy or protection law, how can we safeguard against some of the greatest risks that such a system could incur?"

30 January 2020

How Zimbabwe's biometric ID scheme (and China’s AI aspirations) threw a wrench into the 2018 election

Some citizens were told that if they didn't register and submit their biometrics, they might be barred from voting.

17 January 2020

New privacy law in Mozambique threatens freedom of expression, activists say

New legislation criminalizes all types of invasion of privacy via mobile phones, and the publication of images or videos of third parties without their consent.

8 January 2020

Deadline looms for biometric SIM card registration in Tanzania

The biometric SIM card registration process means Tanzania joins a growing list of African nations gripped by the biometric data and digital identification revolution in Africa.

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