privacy
British Spies Accused of Gathering Untold Social Media Data on Innocents, ‘Unlawfully’ Sharing it With Foreign Powers

British spy agencies have collected and shared huge databases of personal and social media information on millions of individuals, and effectively circumvented the investigatory body tasked with surveillance oversight, according to documents newly obtained by Privacy International, a London-based consumer advocacy group. Read More >>

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Citizen, the Creepy Crime-Fighting App Formerly Known as Vigilante, Somehow Gets £9 Million

Citizen, the extremely dubious rebranding of Vigilante—an app which notifies users of 911 reports near them and encourages them to go out and shoot videos of the crimes and their aftermath—has somehow managed to acquire a new round of eight-figure funding. Read More >>

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Prosecutor Claims Social Media Surveillance of Black Lives Matter Members Wasn’t Surveillance

Six local Black Lives Matter members in Clarkstown, New York have filed a federal suit against the town, its chief of police, police sergeant, and its Special Investigations Unit, accusing them of racial profiling and illegal surveillance that violated their first and 14th amendment rights. In a response to a local news outlet, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe denied the charges. The SIU, he says, does not engage in the illegal surveillance BLM members have alleged. Read More >>

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Motorola’s New Body Cam AI Stops Just Short of Dystopian Surveillance

Unsurprisingly, the latest AI advancement in body camera technology comes no closer to increasing police accountability or officer transparency. As the public’s push for body cameras has died down, tech companies are now making their own appeal for body cameras to the police departments that buy them: offering sharper, smarter surveillance. Read More >>

privacy
An Unknown Tech Company Tried (and Failed) to Stop the NSA’s Warrantless Spying

In 2014, a tech company stood up to a National Security Agency demand for user data and challenged the legality of a controversial surveillance law that’s currently being debated in the US Congress. Read More >>

politics
Theresa May Re-Commits To Screwing The Internet In First Post-Election Address

Good news! The disaster that is Brexit could be mitigated by the election results. Read More >>

crime
Police Make First Arrest Using Facial Recognition Surveillance Vans

Science fiction authors have been writing about it for decades. Privacy activists have warned it’s just around the corner. Today, perfected facial recognition is one step closer to becoming a reality. Read More >>

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In 2002 Theresa May Called Government Email Snooping A “Grievous” Mistake

Following the London Bridge and Manchester Attacks, Theresa May is currently planning a huge assault on internet freedoms and digital rights after the election. In fact, plans for greater regulation of the internet is right there in the Conservative manifesto. Read More >>

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The London Bridge Attack Is Evidence We DON’T Need New Internet Surveillance Laws

"Never let a good crisis go to waste", is an apocryphal quote attributed to Winston Churchill. Real or not, it does neatly describe Theresa May's reaction to the latest London terrorist attack. Read More >>

apple
Apple Reveals It Received at Least One Secret FBI Request For User Data

In its biannual transparency transparency report, Apple revealed that it received a National Security Letter. But unlike other tech companies who have been ordered to turn over customer information to the FBI, Apple hasn’t yet published the demand letter it received. Apple’s transparency report also includes several new categories of government requests, an indication that the company is becoming more granular in the way it reports data about its interactions with law enforcement. Read More >>

uber
Uber Doesn’t Want You to See This Document About Its Vast Data Surveillance System

The ever-expanding operations of Uber are defined by two interlocking and zealously guarded sets of information: the things the world-dominating ride-hailing company knows about you, and the things it doesn’t want you to know about it. Both kinds of secrets have been in play in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco, as Ward Spangenberg, a former forensic investigator for Uber, has pursued a wrongful-termination lawsuit against the company. Read More >>

surveillance
The Dystopian Surveillance State Will Be Extremely Convenient 

When privacy finally dies, it will be, if nothing else, extremely convenient for travellers. Read More >>

science
Leaked Documents Reveal the NSA Spying on Scientists to Find ‘Nefarious’ Genetic Research

A new document made public this week via Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents reveals a fascinating aim of signals intelligence programme: The agency, it turns out, monitored international scientific developments in hopes of detecting “nefarious” genetic engineering projects more than a decade ago. Read More >>

disney
How I Let Disney Track My Every Move

On a recent trip to Disney World, I had an unusual experience. I rode a ride. It broke. We were evacuated, and a few minutes later, I got a picture on my phone. It was an empty raft sliding down Splash Mountain, taken at precisely the moment I was walking down the emergency stairwell. It was weird. Read More >>

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Facebook Swears It Won’t Let Anyone (Other Than Facebook) Surveil You

On Monday, Facebook updated its platform policies to prohibit mass surveillance on its platform by explicitly blocking developers from using “data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance.” The move came after sustained pressure from civil rights organisations to make it harder for police agencies to surveil Facebook and collect data on users without their knowledge. Read More >>