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Privacy International has been researching how emergency welfare responses have been handled in different countries in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the variety of socio-economic and political contexts of the countries researched, PI has found that a lot of them share common concerning elements along the benefit disbursement process, namely the automation of eligibility processes, lack of transparency, excessive data collection, security issues in disbursement methods and more.

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  • Working from home bolstered the use of remote surveillance software to monitor employees.
  • It's not only tools that are developed specifically for surveillance, traditional productivity suites might also enable an intrusive level of monitoring.
  • PI and UCL students looked into Office 365 and found features that can enable employers to access all communications and activities on Microsoft services
  • These features can be operated without the employees' knowledge and there seems to be a lack of transparency for users in terms of what data is collected and for what purpose

The migration crisis in 2015 brutally exposed the divisions in Europe. People who fled war and make it to Europe are being met with violence and intrusive surveillance at the border at the hands of state authorities.

We sat down with Natalie & Sergio from the Border Violence Monitoring Network to learn more about the situation at Europe’s borders.


This country-specific protest guide was developed by PI partners Dejusticia and Karisma, and is available in Spanish.