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In a scramble to track, and thereby stem the flow of, new cases of the Coronavirus, Governments around the world are rushing to track the locations of their populace. One way to do this is to write a smartphone app which uses Bluetooth technology, and encourage (or mandate) that individuals download and use the app. The aim of this piece is to provide more detail on the technology itself, rather than a deep dive into the risks and whether or not Bluetooth technology should be used.

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Photo By: Cpl. Joel Abshier ‘Biometrics’ describes the physiological and behavioural characteristics of individuals. This could be fingerprints, voice, face, retina and iris patterns, hand geometry, gait or DNA profiles. Because biometric data is particularly sensitive and revealing of individual’s
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Could an app you have never even heard of put you at risk? This is what happened to Chloe (real name has been changed), an investigative journalist exposed by an app that her source was using. Her source was using TrueCaller, an app that aims to identify phone numbers so users can filter out calls
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(In order to click the hyperlinks in the explainer below, please download the pdf version at the bottom of the page).
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You can also read a more detailed explainer about police hacking here.
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(In order to click the hyperlinks in the explainer below, please download the pdf version at the bottom of the page).
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(In order to click the hyperlinks in the explainer below, please download the pdf version at the bottom of the page).
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(In order to click the hyperlinks in the explainer below, please download the pdf version at the bottom of the page).
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You can also read a more detailed explainer about social media intelligence (SOCMINT) here.
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(In order to click the hyperlinks in the explainer below, please download the pdf version at the bottom of the page).
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You can also read a more detailed explainer about body worn video cameras here.
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This guide covers an array of topics, including the legality of mass surveillance operations, the law surrounding data retention, the extraterritorial application of human rights law and digital surveillance, and the international law on hacking for surveillance purposes. It is a handy reference