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The internet was meant to be different. No one would own the internet. No one could own the internet. The internet belonged to all of us. So how did it all go wrong?

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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.

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Following our investigation into advertisers on Facebook and the exposure of the platform shortcomings, Facebook's response is a failure to acknowledge its responsibility in ensuring transparency and enabling people to exercise their rights. Here is our point by point analysis of their answer

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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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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.

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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.

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!

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On June 9th, in light of the global debate against racial injustices, the company IBM announced they would stop selling facial recognition. Here are 4 quick-fire thoughts we have on this.

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While more and more governments and companies are asking us to trust them with their COVID-19 solutions, their surfacing and potentially unlawful data exploitation practices do not engender trust.

 

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25 May 2020 marks the 2nd anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulation. Two years on, where are we now?

Long Read

Universities in the UK and China, the Met Police, and surveillance companies are working on a government-funded programme developing "unconstrained face recognition technology".

Long Read

A look at attempts to dismantle smuggling networks in the Sahara, powered by Europe's gifts of surveillance.

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What do an oil company in Kenya, the Ministry of Health in Ghana and UNDP have in common? According to The Hindsight Files, they all hired Cambridge Analytica.

Advocacy
As an organisation that has been fighting to protect people's data and privacy since the 1990s, we were left speechless by your redemption of Cambridge Analytica’s former staff ("What Cambridge Analytica’s ex-staff can teach us about data defence”, Gillan Tett, July 24, 2019). How can we prevent a
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PI looks at the April 2019 elections in Ukraine.

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According to the International Organization for Migration, an estimated 258 million people are international migrants – that is, someone who changes their country of usual residence, That’s one in every 30 people on earth. These unprecedented movements levels show no sign of slowing down. It is
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Planning and participating in peaceful protests against governments or non-state actors’ policies and practices requires the capacity of individuals to communicate confidentially without unlawful interference. Surveillance technologies are affecting the right to peaceful assembly in new and often unregulated ways: in this article we focus on three technologies and practices deployed by public authorities in monitoring assemblies that raise particular concerns: IMSI catchers, facial recognition, and Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT).