In a scramble to track, and thereby stem the flow of, new cases of Covid-19, 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.
Concerned about the increasing use of social media monitoring by Government authorities and in particular use by local authorities, on 7 October 2019, we sent a Freedom of Information Request to 251 Local Authorities in the United Kingdom using ‘Whatdotheyknow.com’ platform. This methodology outlines what we did and the results we found.
Privacy International has joined JCWI, Liberty, Medact and other UK civil society organisations to call on Priti Patel, the UK Home Secretary to enact urgent changes to ensure the safety of migrants in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tech companies, governments, and international agencies have all announced measures to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Some of these measures impose severe restrictions on people’s freedoms, including to their privacy and other human rights. Unprecedented levels of surveillance, data exploitation, and misinformation are being tested across the world.
Our new PI brand is the culmination of a year of critical reflection and extensive consultation with our stakeholders and supporters on two key questions: ’What does PI stand for?’ and 'What kind of future is PI campaigning for?’