• Mar 27, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

AI-based predictive policing systems widely used in US and UK, despite concerns about privacy, and flaws in the approach

Back in 2017, Privacy News Online wrote about a massive police system being built in China that would allow “predictive policing” – the ability to spot criminals before they even commit a crime. As we warned then, China often turns out to provide an early glimpse of what will later happen in the West, and … Continue reading “AI-based predictive policing systems widely used in US and UK, despite concerns about privacy, and flaws in the approach”

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Japan ISP to Voluntarily Block Pirate Sites Despite Censorship Prohibition

One of Japan’s largest internet service providers (ISPs) says that it will begin blocking pirate sites of its own volition, despite constitutional prohibitions on censorship. Industry publication TorrentFreak reports that NTT Communications Corp., along with its subsidiaries, will block access to websites that host pirated content in response to government requests. Other major Japanese ISPs … Continue reading “Japan ISP to Voluntarily Block Pirate Sites Despite Censorship Prohibition”

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  • Jun 15, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Copyright, Governments, News, Privacy,

New law in Japan lets police arrest and surveil those merely planning or discussing certain acts, like copyright violation

Earlier today, after an intentionally rushed consideration process, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe passed a new mass surveillance law conveniently called the “anti-conspiracy bill.” The new law creates a list of 277 acts, and makes it illegal to plan any of these acts. With the vague wording of the bill, anyone suspected of planning any … Continue reading “New law in Japan lets police arrest and surveil those merely planning or discussing certain acts, like copyright violation”

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