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We Saw NSO’s Covid-19 Software in Action, and Privacy Experts Are Worried

A number of surveillance tech companies are pivoting to tracking coronavirus-infected citizens. Experts are worried that they are just trying exploit a crisis to expand their questionable businesses. By Lorenzo Franceschi-BicchieraiApr 2 2020, 8:00amShareTweetSnap The rapidly spreading coronavirus has infected more than 900,000 and killed more than 45,000 people all over the world. This unprecedented crisis is also […]

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Mass school closures in the wake of the coronavirus are driving a new wave of student surveillance

Colleges are racing to sign deals with ‘online proctor’ companies that watch students through their webcams while they take exams. Education advocates say the surveillance software forces students to choose between privacy and their grades. By Drew Harwell April 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EDT When University of Florida sophomore Cheyenne Keating felt a rush of nausea […]

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Covid-19 and Surveillance

Coronavirus is being used to suppress press freedoms globally https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-press-freedom-e11cd2d3-c1c3-4b67-b985-102c882a223d.html?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters – Karnataka Government Publishes  Addresses of People COVIID-19 Quarantinehttps://www.medianama.com/2020/03/223-privacy-karnataka-addresses-coronavirus-quarantine/ – Ecuador Surveillance Measures to Confront Pandemic is a Threat toHuman Rightshttps://www.apc.org/en/node/36103/ – Netanyahu Imposes Dangerous “Big Brother” Surveillance Under thePretext of a Security Response to the Coronavirushttps://www.apc.org/en/news/7amleh-netanyahu-imposes-dangerous-big-brother-surveillance-under-pretext-security-response – Covid-19 in Africa: When is Surveillance Necessary […]

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How a global health crisis turns into a state-run surveillance opportunity

John Naughton A colour-coded contagion-risk app being rolled out across China doubles as a means of social control Sat 7 Mar 2020 16.00 GMTLast modified on Wed 18 Mar 2020 10.56 GMT When Barack Obama was US president, his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, had a useful motto: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste: it’s an opportunity to […]

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India plans to build an all-seeing database to track citizens’ every move by 2021

by IVAN MEHTA — 18 hours ago in INDIA India, the world’s biggest democracy, built a massive database containing information and biometrics of its citizens in the form of Aadhaar back in 2009. Now, it’s planning to build a new database that will continually track the lives of 1.2 billion people living in the country — and further enable surveillance without legal frameworks to […]

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The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

Congressional hearings are urgently needed to address location tracking. “When the government tracks the location of a cellphone it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone’s user,” wrote John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, in a 2018 ruling that prevented the government from obtaining location data from cellphone towers […]

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Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

Company’s work in 68 countries laid bare with release of more than 100,000 documents Carole Cadwalladr @carolecadwalla Sat 4 Jan 2020 16.55 GMTLast modified on Sun 5 Jan 2020 05.07 GMT Shares23,506 An explosive leak of tens of thousands of documents from the defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica is set to expose the inner workings of the company that collapsed after the Observer revealed […]

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This simple trick stops Google, Amazon and Facebook from listening to you all the time

Jessica Guynn USA TODAY0:101:15 Smart home devices from Google, Amazon and Facebook are engineered to listen for your commands and respond to them. Usually, they only engage when you say your “wake” word such as “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google.” But these devices are always listening. If that makes you uneasy (and here are some reasons of why it might), there’s a simple fix […]

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‘The Entire System Is Designed to Suppress Us.’ What the Chinese Surveillance State Means for the Rest of the World

A surveillance camera overlooks Tiananmen Square in Beijing Thomas Peter—ReutersBY CHARLIE CAMPBELL  NOVEMBER 21, 2019 source: Time https://time.com/5735411/china-surveillance-privacy-issues/ Every morning, Mrs. Chen dons her bright purple tai chi pajamas and joins the dozen or so other members of Hongmen Martial Arts Group for practice outside Chongqing’s Jiangnan Stadium. But a few months ago, she was in such a […]