11 countries are now using people's phones to track the coronavirus pandemic, and it heralds a massive increase in surveillance

11 countries are now using people's phones to track the coronavirus pandemic, and it heralds a massive increase in surveillance

A new live index of ramped up security measures by Top10VPN details the countries which have already brought in measures to track the phones of coronavirus patients, ranging from anonymized aggregated data to monitor the movement of people more generally, to the tracking of individual suspected patients and their contacts, known as "contact tracing.".

'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.

Show me my data, and I’ll tell you who I am

Show me my data, and I’ll tell you who I am

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now gives Europeans the right to verify data held by individual companies, including marketing and advertising profiles.Companies can still protect their code and algorithms as business secrets, but in theory they can no longer hide personal data they generate about their users.

Edward Snowden Explains How Smartphones Spy On Us

Edward Snowden Explains How Smartphones Spy On Us

In a recent on the Joe Rogan podcast show, the famous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden explained how carriers and tech giants are surveilling users through smartphones.

Hong Kong Protesters Combat the Surveillance State

Hong Kong Protesters Combat the Surveillance State

Though Hong Kong is politically autonomous under the "one country, two systems" model, local authorities have wired up the city, enabling them to keep an eye on every corner of public life—and protesters suspect they may be sharing that information with the Chinese government.

Sardines, Protests, Trees, and Bitcoin — What Do They Have In Common?

Sardines, Protests, Trees, and Bitcoin — What Do They Have In Common?

Image SourceDrawing on lessons from the Umbrella movement, the 2019 Anti-Extradition protests have a decentralised framework which allows groups in different locations to coordinate campaigns.Swimming in large numbers does not protect all of them, but it does allow the majority of the group to survive.

Netflix Android App Requests Access to Physical Activity. But Why?

Netflix Android App Requests Access to Physical Activity. But Why?

Users recently reported that they noticed that the Netflix Android application requested access to physical activity data. The permission that requests access to the device’s physical activity sensors includes motion detection and movement information, generated by sensors on Android devices.

Facebook’s announces creepy new “Movement Maps” to give selected partners real-time snapshots of users’ movements

Facebook’s announces creepy new “Movement Maps” to give selected partners real-time snapshots of users’ movements

The percentage of users that are not comfortable with this data collection is likely to be significantly higher than 51% considering it’s much more invasive than compiling a list of interests and involves sharing aggregated real-time snapshots of their movements with third-parties.

Data as a Property Right

Data as a Property Right

As we’ve seen, some of the largest tech companies can know more about us and our lives than our families and those closest to us. Data generated by each individual needs to be owned by them, with certain rights conveyed that will allow them to know how it’s used and protect it.

'A More Just and Equitable Future': Advocates Welcome Markey's Privacy Bill of Rights

'A More Just and Equitable Future': Advocates Welcome Markey's Privacy Bill of Rights

Dylan Gilbert, a policy fellow at the nonprofit Public Knowledge, said that "Senator Markey's Privacy Bill of Rights Act sets a strong, rights-based standard for consumer privacy protection under federal law that goes beyond mere notice and choice.".

Data Privacy Week: Working Towards Change

Data Privacy Week: Working Towards Change

Innovations in surveillance and data exploitation present challenges in the fight to protect personal data across the world. It is also important that there is a diversity of organisations joining the global movement for data protection.

Chinese schools make pupils wear micro-chipped uniforms to thwart truancy

Chinese schools make pupils wear micro-chipped uniforms to thwart truancy

Schools in southern China are forcing children to wear uniforms embedded with computer chips that track their movement and trigger an alarm if they skip class.

Ep 9 - Nathan Schneider - Platform Cooperativism and the Meaning of Decentralization by Decentralize This!

Ep 9 - Nathan Schneider - Platform Cooperativism and the Meaning of Decentralization by Decentralize This!

How can all these people with different perspectives collaborate to create and scale the technologies we need to shape a better future?

Using Wi-Fi to “see” behind closed doors is easier than anyone thought

Using Wi-Fi to “see” behind closed doors is easier than anyone thought

In theory, they say, it ought to be possible to use this changing electromagnetic field to work out the position, actions, and movement of individuals. They do this by measuring the change in the signal strength as they walk around outside the target building or room.