A joint press release from Privacy International, Reprieve, CAJ, and the Pat Finucane Centre. Agents of MI5 and other Government bodies could be legally authorised to commit crimes under new legislation introduced today. There appear to be no express limits in the legislation on the types of crime
During summer 2020, over 2,500 people signed PI's public petition opposing the proposed Google/Fitbit merger. We sent the petition to the European Commission, who are yet to decide if the merger can proceed. The Commission responded by thanking petitioners for their concerns and cooperation, just as they opened a detailed phase 2 investigation into the merger.
The Peruvian Government has repeatedly collaborated with the private sector in developing technology. In many cases who has access to the data is unclear, and - although Peru has a legal framework for public-private partnerships - it does not use it for technology.
The municipality of Como, Italy, purchased a facial recognition system, which was bought, installed, and tested for months with little transparency and despite the lack of a clear legal framework. To do so it embraced a narrative of technological innovation pushed by Huawei but was forced, after the intervention of the Italian Data Protection Authority, to suspend the system.
Privacy International partnered with the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School to guide the reader through a simple presentation of the legal arguments explored by national courts around the world who have been tasked with national courts that discuss the negative implications of
Many countries in the world have existing ID cards - of varying types and prevalence - there has been a new wave in recent years of state “digital identity” initiatives. The systems that states put in place to identify citizens and non-citizens bring with them a great deal of risks. This is
This section presents arguments on data protection concerns, highlighting the importance of safeguards to protect rights, and pointing to issues around the role of consent, function creep, and data sharing.
This section sets out arguments on rights other than privacy, namely liberty, dignity, and equality. It provides detail on the social and economic exclusion and discrimination that can result from the design or implementation of identity systems.
This section discusses identity systems’ implications for the rule of law, the role of international human rights law, and considerations of gender identity, which are often absent from existing jurisprudence.
PI submitted a response to the the UK College of Policing public consultation on the Law Enforcement Data Service (LEDS), a new, UK-wide police "mega-database". The consultation is open until 9th September 2020.
PI responds to the plans announced by UK Home Office to make Channel crossings "inviable" for asylum seekers and joins efforts by migrant organisations to call for the UK government to introduce safe and legal routes to the UK.
The EU is introducing a series of surveillance measures involving intensive data-gathering and data-sharing practices to come into use in 2022. These measures will see a drastic increase in the quantity and granularity of data collected on travellers, in circumstances where authorities already struggle with the amount of data they have. This explainer, based on a publication by Statewatch, aims to elucidate these new measures and their consequences.
Following India's ban of 59 Chinese apps, the USA is talking about banning TikTok as a threat to national security. But are Chinese apps, and TikTok in particular, more dangerous than your average social media app?