Stories about Surveillance

11 October 2016

Google Warns More Than a Dozen Russian Journalists and Activists About ‘Government-Backed Attackers’

More than a dozen Russian journalists and activists received a strange warning from Google earlier today, notifying them that “government-backed attackers” may be “trying to steal” their passwords.

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.

7 September 2016

Hackers Exploit Android Flaw to Target Iranian Activists

Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones.

9 August 2016

Dear Hong Kong Activists, Please Stop Telling Everyone Telegram is Secure

While we marched across Hong Kong Island, organizers shouted, “download Telegram, it's more secure than WhatsApp!” But Telegram is not more secure than Whatsapp -- in many circumstances, it's worse.

5 August 2016

Japanese Police Are Spying on Muslims, Despite The Constitution

The Supreme Court's dismissal of a case questioning the legality of putting Muslims under surveillance based on their religion alone brought a long series of court battles to an end.

23 June 2016

Netizen Report: Russian Authorities Step Up Information Controls in the Name of National Security

A Global Voices author is assaulted in Indonesia, Tanzania continues to prosecute social media users under the Cybercrime Act, and Singapore pulls plug on Internet access for public employees.

Russian Activists and Industry Speak Out Against New Draconian ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Laws

The new comprehensive amendments threaten Russian Internet users' privacy and anonymity by cracking down on encryption and beefing up surveillance measures.

20 June 2016

Russia Mulls A ‘National Big Data Operator’ to Control Internet User Data

Russian officials are considering the creation of a "national big data operator" that would control how Russian Internet users' data is being used, stored and protected.

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