SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

The ban happens to cover exactly what the regulator feared: Facebook using personal information it previously gathered in new ways.That happens to be exactly what the regulator has warned Facebook not to do with the telephone numbers of South Africans collected by its Whatsapp service.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 12, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 12, 2021

South Africa first ruled to ban internet mass surveillance in 2019 but the decision was appealed by the Minister of State Security.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

South Africa’s highest court bans bulk internet surveillance

South Africa’s highest court bans bulk internet surveillance

Highest Court in South Africa reaffirms previous decision against bulk surveillance.This court decision from the highest court in South Africa came about as a result of the Minister of State Security appealing a previous decision from 2019 by a lower court that had already declared bulk surveillance unlawful .

Constitutional court bans bulk Internet surveillance in South Africa

Constitutional court bans bulk Internet surveillance in South Africa

The minister of state security had appealed an earlier high court judgment on the legality of bulk communication surveillance The concourt held that section 2 of the National Strategic Intelligence Act of 1994 is ambiguous, and should be interpreted in a manner that best promotes the right to privacy, and does not contradict the prohibition of communication interceptions without interception directions contained in Rica, the legislation that governs the lawful interception of communications.

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoWashington governor to require 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from UK, South Africa White House mulls requiring UK travelers to provide negative coronavirus test: report Overnight Health Care: Congress to pass deal with 0 stimulus checks | House panel subpoenas for Azar, Redfield CDC documents | Fauci, Azar to receive COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday MORE (D) signed legislation Tuesday pausing the use of facial recognition technology at K-12 schools in the state for two years.

Experian breach affects over 24 million customers and businesses in South Africa

Experian breach affects over 24 million customers and businesses in South Africa

ShareTweet Consumer credit reporting agency Experian has suffered a data breach at their South African branch.

Special Report: Cyber-intel firms pitch governments on spy tools to trace coronavirus

Special Report: Cyber-intel firms pitch governments on spy tools to trace coronavirus

REUTERS/Mike Hutchings In South Africa, for example, after the government last month announced it would use telecom data to track the movements of citizens infected with COVID-19, a communications minister acknowledged concerns about loss of privacy.

The govt can now track cellphone locations back to 5 March: how Covid-19 tracing will work

The govt can now track cellphone locations back to 5 March: how Covid-19 tracing will work

As of Thursday the South African government can trace the movements of any South African cellphone user back as far as 5 March, in order to fight Covid-19.That movement data will go into a special database to identify anyone who may have had physical contact with a person known to be carrying the SARS-Cov-2 virus, for possible testing and quarantine.

We are removing our Johannesburg, South Africa, and Brazil exit gateways

We are removing our Johannesburg, South Africa, and Brazil exit gateways

Private Internet Access is removing servers in Brazil and Johannesburg, South Africa.Private Internet Access is committed to protecting the privacy of our users and our legal team continually works to evaluate the internet logging laws in the countries where we operate servers.

South African court rules that mass surveillance by the government is illegal

South African court rules that mass surveillance by the government is illegal

Previously, the South African government has used a law called RICA (Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication Related Information Act 70 of 2002) to justify mass surveillance programs.

South Africa Bans Bulk Collection. Will the U.S. Courts Follow Suit?

South Africa Bans Bulk Collection. Will the U.S. Courts Follow Suit?

This is a great ruling for the people of South Africa, with a court firmly recognizing that: “no lawful authority has been demonstrated to trespass onto the privacy rights or the freedom of expression rights of anyone, including South Africans whose communications cross-cross the world by means of bulk interception.” It then declares that the activities are “unlawful and invalid.”.

South African authorities admit to mass surveillance

South African authorities admit to mass surveillance

This was revealed in the former State Security Agency Director General Arthur Fraser's affidavit and other documents filed in 2017 during a court case relating to amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism - a South African non-profit investigative journalism organisation.

APNewsBreak: Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog

APNewsBreak: Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog

___ The first message reached Bahr Abdul Razzak, a Syrian refugee who works as a Citizen Lab researcher, Dec. 6, when a man calling himself Gary Bowman got in touch via LinkedIn. The man described himself as a South African financial technology executive based in Madrid.

HIDE AND SEEK Tracking NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware to Operations in 45 Countries

HIDE AND SEEK Tracking NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware to Operations in 45 Countries

We found suspected NSO Pegasus infections associated with 33 of the 36 Pegasus operators we identified in 45 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, the UAE, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and Zambia.