Jennifer O'Connell: Covid-19 is normalising mass surveillance of citizens

Jennifer O'Connell: Covid-19 is normalising mass surveillance of citizens

Draconian new measures allowing the Minister for Health to detain people indefinitely or quarantine entire areas, passing through the Dáil on Thursday with virtually no resistance.

'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

As President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders called on Americans to flout the advice of public health experts and consider returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, digital rights group Fight for the Future launched a campaign on Tuesday urging supporters to help "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of the respiratory virus while warning that government agencies are liable to use widespread anxiety about the pandemic to undermine civil liberties and human rights.

Netanyahu Imposes Dangerous “Big Brother” Surveillance Under the Pretext of a Security Response to the Coronavirus

Netanyahu Imposes Dangerous “Big Brother” Surveillance Under the Pretext of a Security Response to the Coronavirus

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media warns of Israel committing mass violations of digital rights, especially the right to privacy, under the pretext of managing the health crisis caused by the Coronavirus.

Rep. DelBene and other lawmakers voice privacy concerns over virus-tracking plans

Rep. DelBene and other lawmakers voice privacy concerns over virus-tracking plans

But they urged the White House to implement a set of procedures to protect individual privacy: The federal government should aggregate or minimize data to what public health experts identify as necessary.

Iran Launched an App That Claimed to Diagnose Coronavirus. Instead, It Collected Location Data on Millions of People.

Iran Launched an App That Claimed to Diagnose Coronavirus. Instead, It Collected Location Data on Millions of People.

The government has already boasted that millions of citizens have shared this information with them at a time when most Iranians are completely in the dark about the threat from coronavirus.Screen shots of visual prompts from Iran's tracking app AC19, which claims to diagnose coronavirus but actually collects location data.

Renata Ávila: “The Internet of creation disappeared. Now we have the Internet of surveillance and control”

Renata Ávila: “The Internet of creation disappeared. Now we have the Internet of surveillance and control”

“The people deciding for what purpose those without access to the Internet are going to connect to it are the technology companies that dominate the future of industry.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says digital privacy 'has become a crisis'

Apple CEO Tim Cook says digital privacy 'has become a crisis'

Apple CEO Tim Cook called online privacy a "crisis" in an interview with ABC News, reaffirming the company's stance on privacy as companies like Facebook and Google have come under increased scrutiny regarding their handling of consumer data.

Why Democracies Die: The Reason Privacy Is the Source of Power in the 21st Century

Why Democracies Die: The Reason Privacy Is the Source of Power in the 21st Century

He said that democracies have been formed through waves — that means, every time there’s been a liberal revolution that established a democracy, other countries tend to follow the pioneer and adopt a democratic process as well.

Long untouchable, web giants now know what it feels like to be hunted

Long untouchable, web giants now know what it feels like to be hunted

When in 2011, for example, the Guardian printed shocking revelations of tabloid phone-hacking and, particularly, the news that reporters had hacked the mobile phone of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, many observers concluded that this indicated a crisis for the British newspaper industry. Social media platforms will only change their behaviour when compelled to do so by legislation.

Tim Cook calls for GDPR-style privacy laws in the US

Tim Cook calls for GDPR-style privacy laws in the US

"Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies," said Cook. Cook praised Europe's "successful implementation" of privacy law GDPR, and said that "It is time for the rest of the world ...

Tim Cook warns of ‘data-industrial complex’ in call for comprehensive US privacy laws

Tim Cook warns of ‘data-industrial complex’ in call for comprehensive US privacy laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for new digital privacy laws in the United States, warning that the collection of huge amounts of personal data by companies is harming society.

Blockchain is disrupting the status quo

Blockchain is disrupting the status quo

The core model of a credit agency is to share costs among clients and charge excessive interest rates and transactional costs ensuring that the “good borrowers” cover those who don’t repay their debt.

First Responders for Net Neutrality

First Responders for Net Neutrality

While Santa Clara County firefighters were fighting some of the biggest forest fires in America’s history, Verizon was throttling their internet speeds, preventing firefighters from providing crisis response and emergency services to those in need.

Briar

Briar

If the internet's up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance. Briar uses direct, encrypted connections between users to prevent surveillance and censorship. The adversary has a limited ability to block, delay, replay and modify traffic on short-range communication channels.