Australia passes controversial encryption law, raising serious privacy and legal concerns

On Thursday, the Australian government passed a controversial new law that would allow law enforcement and government agencies to demand access to encrypted communications.  Under the new legislation, companies who fail to comply with requests could face fines up to $10 million (AUD), and individuals could face fines up to $50,000 (AUD). The legislation includes … Continue reading “Australia passes controversial encryption law, raising serious privacy and legal concerns”

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Privacy as a Right

The first comment in response to Privacy is Personal was this tweet by @raouf777: It is also a fundamental right, not a privilege to be bestowed on anyone. The individual should have the right to determine the extent of his privacy. I agree with @raouff777’s points, which almost go without saying. Because, well, of course privacy is a … Continue reading “Privacy as a Right”

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Why we support the Index on Censorship: 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards

Freedom of Expression is a fundamental human right as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But it sadly comes as no surprise to any of us that there are governments and others wielding power around the globe who find numerous ways in which to obstruct freedom of expression. Be that … Continue reading “Why we support the Index on Censorship: 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards”

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Is the copyright industry above the law and exempt from respecting human rights? Some companies seem to think so

When what evolved into modern copyright was first drawn up in the eighteenth century, it was designed as a legal weapon to be deployed against printers that made infringing copies of published texts. It was not used against the public for the simple reason that ordinary people had no means of making infringing copies: printing … Continue reading “Is the copyright industry above the law and exempt from respecting human rights? Some companies seem to think so”

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Russian authorities evict Amnesty International from Moscow office with no prior notice, locking computers inside

Workers from the Moscow, Russia office of Amnesty International arrived at their office on Wednesday morning to find that their locks had been changed, alarm system deactivated, and electricity shut down. A notice told them that their office was now property of “a city of the Russian Federation” and that no employee could enter the … Continue reading “Russian authorities evict Amnesty International from Moscow office with no prior notice, locking computers inside”

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  • Jul 5, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

These 17 countries don’t believe that freedom of expression on the Internet is a basic human right

Freedom of Expression on the Internet is taken for granted by many of us. Around the world, headlines are heralding the fact that the UN has passed a resolution which reaffirms Internet Access as a human right and condemns any country which blocks certain parts of the Internet for any reason. The non-binding resolution reaffirms … Continue reading “These 17 countries don’t believe that freedom of expression on the Internet is a basic human right”

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