Art can change the world

Illustration by Carty Sewill Art can change the world. Warhol showed us all the beauty in our everyday; from Coke bottles to Campbell’s soup cans. Social change is led by those brave enough to see the world differently. Such vision is rarely rewarded and is often seen as a threat to the status quo. Like … Continue reading “Art can change the world”

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  • Apr 13, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Security,

China’s AI-based prisons – both indoors and outdoors – offer a warning of how privacy may die elsewhere

Online freedom of speech is under attack around the world. The EU’s new Copyright Directive is about to become law, and brings with it a need to filter all uploads to most sites. Once filters are in place, it will be easy to use them for blocking things other than alleged copyright infringement. Australia has … Continue reading “China’s AI-based prisons – both indoors and outdoors – offer a warning of how privacy may die elsewhere”

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Taiwan says no to Chinese influence by blocking Tencent and Baidu’s censored video streaming platforms

Taiwan will block Baidu and Tencent from running video streaming services on the island. This past week, Chiu Chui-Cheng, deputy minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, told the Nikkei Asian Review that Taiwan is currently making moves to ban Baidu and Tencent services in the country. Baidu operates a video streaming service accessible in Taiwan … Continue reading “Taiwan says no to Chinese influence by blocking Tencent and Baidu’s censored video streaming platforms”

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  • Jan 26, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Security,

How much privacy should children have from their own parents?

Back in August last year, Danica Sergison gave good advice here on Privacy News Online about how to help children think critically about privacy. That’s crucial, since the world they will inhabit as adults will be pervasively digital, which means that privacy choices will be key issues for all of their lives. The blog post … Continue reading “How much privacy should children have from their own parents?”

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  • Nov 24, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Welcome to the burgeoning, globalized business of implementing government surveillance

That fact that massive surveillance is taking place around the world is hardly a secret, not least since Edward Snowden revealed the extraordinary scale and reach of Western spying. But what is less obvious is how globalized the business of surveillance has become. Snowden explained how important the Five Eyes partnership of the US, UK, … Continue reading “Welcome to the burgeoning, globalized business of implementing government surveillance”

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  • Nov 1, 2018
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Starting November 1st, Chinese police can go to any Chinese ISP to copy your data

Earlier in October 2018, the Chinese government passed a law that grants local and central law enforcement the ability to enter the premises of any internet service providers (ISPs) or internet service companies (read: VPN companies) to inspect and copy anything. SCMP reports that this new law tightens China’s control of its cyberspace, which already … Continue reading “Starting November 1st, Chinese police can go to any Chinese ISP to copy your data”

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Google is expanding back into China. What does that mean for freedom of information?

Google will expand into China and launch a new search engine compliant with the Chinese government’s strict censorship rules, according to a recent report by The Intercept’s Ryan Gallagher. Versions of the app have been called “Maotai” and “Longfei,” and could launch in as soon as six months — once the Chinese government approves the … Continue reading “Google is expanding back into China. What does that mean for freedom of information?”

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  • Jul 6, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

The Next Frontier in Threats to your Privacy: Voice Recognition

Privacy News Online has been tracking the increasing use of facial recognition technologies for some time. Concerns about their wider deployment are growing. But the surveillance world does not stand still. While people focus their attention on facial recognition, a new form of tracking is being rolled out: voice recognition – detecting who is speaking, … Continue reading “The Next Frontier in Threats to your Privacy: Voice Recognition”

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  • May 28, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

In China’s footsteps: Amazon and US schools normalize automatic facial recognition and constant surveillance

Amazon has developed a powerful cloud-based facial recognition system called “Rekognition”, which has major implications for privacy. It is already being used by multiple US police forces to carry out surveillance and make arrests, the ACLU has learned. Amazon claims that Rekognition offers real-time face matching across tens of millions of individuals held in a … Continue reading “In China’s footsteps: Amazon and US schools normalize automatic facial recognition and constant surveillance”

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  • Nov 24, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

China’s censorship czar falls, as its “Police Cloud” tracking system rises across the country

We write quite a lot about China here on Privacy Online News. Sadly, that’s generally because China is in the vanguard when it comes to bad things happening to privacy. That’s confirmed by an important new “Freedom on the Net” report, which summarized the situation in China as follows: “China was the world’s worst abuser … Continue reading “China’s censorship czar falls, as its “Police Cloud” tracking system rises across the country”

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