IMSI catchers, and intrusive surveillance technology is increasingly used during protests, permitting authorities to record everyone that attended and interfere with their communications. In the UK we've been fighting for transparency for years to no avail.
A new ICO report, which comes as a result of a complaint PI made in 2018, criticises the UK Police for the way in which they are taking data from people's phones, including the victims of crimes. The report calls for reforms and safeguards so that people's data and privacy is protected from unnecessarily intrusive practices.
Privacy International (PI), Fundaciòn Datos Protegidos, Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales (R3D) and Statewatch submission highlights examples on how digital technologies deployed in the context of border enforcement and administration reproduce, reinforce, and compound racial discrimination.
As migration continues to be high on the social and political agenda, Western countries are increasingly adopting an approach that criminalises people at the border. Asylum seekers are often targeted with intrusive surveillance technologies and afforded only limited rights (including in relation to data protection), often having the effect of being treated as “guilty until proven innocent”.
A recent report explains how the central German migration authority uses mobile phone extraction technology in the asylum application procedure, and why it is highly problematic.
As Google notifies the European Commission of its proposed acquisition of the health and fitness tracker Fitbit, Privacy International calls for the merger to be blocked because of concerns over Google’s growing digital dominance.
Here are a few suggested tips, based on our own experience with Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs). This is based on DSARs under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), but we hope our tips may be useful in other jurisdictions too.
Past protests show a pattern of systematic, selective tracking of protesters from racial minorities after participating in anti-racist protests. If nothing is done individuals taking part in the current wave of protests are at a higher risk of being over-policed for no other reason than exercising their right to protest.
In December 2019, the Information Rights Tribunal issued two disappointing decisions refusing appeals brought by Privacy International against the UK Information Commissioner relating to the transparency of the use of IMSI catchers by law enforcement. This piece sets out why PI has decided not to appeal these decisions.
Everyone has the right to a safe, open, and inclusive education, free from commercial exploitation, that enables their full and free development and promotes human flourishing regardless of race, religion or country of origin.
Le Niger a adopté une loi qui permet au gouvernement d’intercepter les communications, dans un cadre légal, avec un manque de contrôles indépendants et une protection insuffisante des droits de l’homme. Retrouvez la version en anglais de cet article ici.