Stories about Surveillance

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.

10 June 2016

Hungarian Think Tank Finds Suspicious Device in Office, Raising Fears of State Surveillance

Ekint had searched their office after the head of the prime minister's office claimed Hungarian-American businessman George Soros is manipulating the country's politics through organizations funded by him.

Netizen Report: Researchers Shed Light on the Origins of Malware

Ghana considers a social media shutdown for election day, Algeria arrests a labor activist over a Facebook video, and power shortages leave Venezuelans offline, literally.

16 May 2016

The Government of Mozambique is “Spying on its Citizens”, According to @Verdade

The order to intercept information was secured by military command between 2012-2014, and installed by the Chinese ZTE Corporation. Listening in on citizens is said to have begun in 2013.

10 May 2016

#LeyTelecom: Mexican Supreme Court Ratifies Geolocation and Retention of Metadata

Mexico's Supreme Court has ratified the indiscriminate retention of metadata, allowing authorities to use real-time geolocation of mobile devices. But the battle in defense of privacy is far from over.

2 May 2016

Is Telegram Really Safe for Activists Under Threat? These Two Russians Aren't So Sure.

Russian opposition activists are investigating the possible role of state law enforcement in the remote hacking of their Telegram messenger accounts.

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