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This satirical video is a critique of the UK government's reliance on 'technological solutionism' in the fight against Coronavirus and increasingly across public services more widely, and their willingness to then scapegoat ‘mutant algorithms’ when their hopes for technological panaceas inevitably fail.

Press release

Privacy International today launch a specially commissioned video by Cassetteboy, about the UK government’s technological hubris in response to the Coronavirus crisis.

News & Analysis

Google is pushing a new "stalkerware" policy to reduce the spread of spying apps. But the tolerance for parental and enterprise monitoring apps leave the door open to abuse

Guide step

The HTTP referrer header can be very revealing in the context of online tracking. Learn how you can change the policy in Vivaldi to force the browser to include the minimum information in this header or even block it entierely.

Guide step

The HTTP referrer header can be very revealing in the context of online tracking. Learn how you can change the policy in Opera to force the browser to include the minimum information in this header or even block it entierely.

Guide step

The HTTP referrer header can be very revealing in the context of online tracking. Learn how you can change the policy in Chrome to force the browser to include the minimum information in this header or even block it entierely.

Guide step

The HTTP referrer header can be very revealing in the context of online tracking. Learn how you can change the policy in Firefox to force the browser to include the minimum information in this header or even block it entierely.

News & Analysis

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?

Video

PI spoke to partner Asociación por los Derechos Civiles to learn more about their political ads tool, PubliElectoral.

Long Read

Surveillance partnerships between Amazon Ring and law-enforcement around the world create an interconnected surveillance network that poses a serious threat to our privacy and other freedoms.

Explainer

Top tips on how to Freedom of Information requests from people who actually file FOI requests!

Case Study

SHARE, an organisation based in Belgrade, are investigating Huawei's dealings with the Serbian government. In this case study, they explain what obstacles they faced and how they used public action to overcome them.

 

News & Analysis

Google knows so much about you, and now it wants your health data too. Read our ‘Pass Notes’ for a quick summary of the issues and then please join our campaign to stop them!

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Immediately after the UK general election in December 2019, we worked with ORG to poll people about ‘data-driven political campaigning’. We found that most people oppose the use of targeted ads during elections, and oppose election spending when the source of funding is unknown.

News & Analysis

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.

Call to Action

Ask advertisers why they have your data!

Some advertisers upload our personal data to target us on Facebook. Find the ones doing this for you and hold them into account!

Explainer

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.

Long Read

Join us on a journey to try to solve the mystery behind the advertisers who have uploaded our personal data to Facebook but with whom we've never interacted with before.

Report

A PI investigation into advertisers we had never heard of who upload our personal data on Facebook to target us.

Long Read

Throughout these updates, we will do our best to avoid technical terms, obscure references or abstract discussions. We want you to be aware of how data power has grown and why we need to act. This post focuses on data and competition law developments in the UK.

News & Analysis

The rise of scrutiny of Zoom is welcome evidence that privacy and security is valued and essential as our lives and interactions become increasingly virtual.

Long Read

Following Margaret Atwood's comments that the response to Covid-19 does not amount to "deliberate totalitarianism” we wrote an open letter to her in response, agreeing with her but noting that we may be sleepwalking into a dystopia created by accident rather than design.

Advocacy

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.

News & Analysis

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?’

Long Read

Valentine’s Day is traditionally a day to celebrate relationships, but many relationships that begin romantically can quickly become controlling, with partners reading emails, checking texts and locations of social media posts. This can be just the beginning.

Today, Friday 14th February, Privacy International and Women’s Aid are launching a series of digital social media cards giving women practical information on how to help stay safe digitally from control and abuse.

News & Analysis

Which police forces in the UK are using cloud extraction and how and why this is lawful, remains opaque

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It is common ground that bulk collection of content would be a deprivation of the right to privacy. That is an inexcusable or unjustifiable step too far. Repeatedly the Government whether in litigation or legislating, has emphasised that they are not taking content in bulk. Content is the forbidden
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By Valentina Pavel, PI Mozilla-Ford Fellow, 2018-2019 Our digital environment is changing, fast. Nobody knows exactly what it’ll look like in five to ten years’ time, but we know that how we produce and share our data will change where we end up. We have to decide how to protect, enhance, and
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You can also read a more detailed explainer about social media intelligence (SOCMINT) here.
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A video of a panel session at a conference in 2019 about online gender based violence.

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You can also read a more detailed explainer about facial recognition cameras here.
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You can also read a more detailed explainer about IMSI catchers here.
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You can also read a more detailed explainer about mobile phone extraction here.
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This blog was written by Fundación Karisma, a member of the Privacy International Network. It does not necessarily reflect the views or position of Privacy International. The Colombian General Prosecutor said recently that the blocking of IMEI is not working. He is talking about a registry created