Does security Ring a bell?

Amazon’s surveillance doorbell company Ring has reached a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission which will require the company to pay $5.8 million over its inability to keep private footage and audio collected from users’ homes. This action stems from a collection of privacy violations that occurred between 2017 and 2020. Ring customers brought … Read more

Surveillance or privacy concerns could make WhatsApp dissapear in UK?

UK ministers have been warned that WhatsApp could disappear from the country due to privacy concerns. The warning comes as a result of a proposed new law that would require messaging platforms to allow law enforcement access to encrypted messages in certain circumstances. WhatsApp currently uses end-to-end encryption, which prevents anyone, including WhatsApp itself, from … Read more

Are we living in Technofeudalism?

The technofeudalist model involves establishing a monopoly position and using sophisticated data extraction to secure it. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon — have turned the slippery slope of digital surveillance into a hamster wheel, a new self-perpetuating system of exploitation. Not only does the tech oligopoly seamlessly record our preferences, habits, and choices, it also … Read more

European consumer groups take action against Google surveillance

Google is using deceptive design, unclear language and misleading choices when consumers sign up to a Google account to encourage more extensive and invasive data processing. Instead of giving them privacy by design and by default as required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)Contrary to its claims, the tech giant is thwarting consumers who … Read more

Hikvision: the biggest in camera surveillance

The Chinese Hikvision’s products can be found anywhere from police surveillance systems to baby monitors with 4.8 million networks of Hikvision devices in more than 191 countries. Hikvision could be sanctioned for aiding the Chinese government’s human rights violations in Xinjiang. The US Treasury is reportedly considering adding Hikvision to the Specially Designated Nationals and … Read more

How do democracies spy on you?

Spyware installed after a WhatsApp message or iMessage on the phone of politicians, lawyers, and activists in order to know what they are saying, hearing, chatting, searching, etc. All types of government are buying such spying software but how to prevent that it is used in the wrong way?

European Parliament wants to ban facial recognition in public spaces

The European Parliament wants a permanent ban on the use of automated facial recognition in public areas and at border crossings. Parliament also wants a ban on private facial recognition databases, social scoring systems of citizens and behavioral data-based ‘predictive policing’. A resolution calling for this was passed with 377 votes in favour, 248 against … Read more