Why India wants to track WhatsApp messages

Why India wants to track WhatsApp messages

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Privacy activists are worried that the new rules could be misused to curb free speech India's plan to try to mandate the monitoring, interception and tracing of messages on social media has alarmed users and privacy activists - as well as the companies running the platforms.

Republicans propose mass student surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Republicans propose mass student surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Senate Republicans have a new plan for preventing mass shootings: require public schools to use surveillance technology to monitor students’ online behavior for signs of violence or self-harm.

Tech Tudor: Senate is trying hard to push a mass students surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Tech Tudor: Senate is trying hard to push a mass students surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Recent reports have surfaced that republicans are pushing hard for a Bill by Cornyn entitled, The Response Act which seeks to require public schools to use surveillance technology to monitor students’ online behavior for signs of violence or self-harm.

Tails - Launching our donation campaign for 2020

Tails - Launching our donation campaign for 2020

We often hear complaints about software projects that are meant to fight surveillance, like Tor and Tails, getting funds from the US government.

Trump Mulls Orwellian Proposal to Stop Mass Shootings by Monitoring 'Mentally Ill People' for Signs of Imminent Violence

Trump Mulls Orwellian Proposal to Stop Mass Shootings by Monitoring 'Mentally Ill People' for Signs of Imminent Violence

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a pitch from former NBC Chairman Robert Wright, a presidential pal, for a research program aimed at preventing mass shootings by electronically monitoring people who have received psychiatric diagnoses.

The Plan to Use Fitbit Data to Stop Mass Shootings Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet

The Plan to Use Fitbit Data to Stop Mass Shootings Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet

Aside from assuming a strong link between mental illness and violence, this kind of surveillance creates mistrust in the system, forcing people with mental health issues to consider whether getting help could put them on a federal watch list.

Trump calls for social media companies to ‘detect mass shooters before they strike’

Trump calls for social media companies to ‘detect mass shooters before they strike’

After two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump said his administration would ask social media companies to develop tools that could detect potential mass shooters.

Reddit to Ditch 'Creepy' Anonymous Follower Counts, Name Names

Reddit to Ditch 'Creepy' Anonymous Follower Counts, Name Names

The social media site will soon tell you which users follow your account. Other users are concerned Reddit is moving away from its roots as a forum that offered more anonymity over typical social networking sites.

Huge number of spycam crimes puts pressure on South Korea hidden camera industry

Huge number of spycam crimes puts pressure on South Korea hidden camera industry

The number of spycam crimes reported to police surged from around 2,400 in 2012 to nearly 6,500 in 2017.According to official statistics about 98 percent of convicted offenders are men — ranging from school teachers and college professors to church pastors and police officers — while more than 80 percent of victims are women.“I turn customers away when it isn’t clear why and what they want hidden cameras for,” said Lee Seung-yon, who customizes spycam gadgets in Seoul.

Tencent releases Chinese government-friendly clone in place of PUBG

Tencent releases Chinese government-friendly clone in place of PUBG

In April, China’s State Administration of Press and Publication introduced sweeping changes to approval guidelines in the gaming industry. Because, as we all know, if there’s one thing that makes video games objectively more fun it’s censoring violence.

#IWD2019 Online gender-based violence: a privacy matter?

#IWD2019 Online gender-based violence: a privacy matter?

The need for a gendered right to privacy All of these cases show that with technologies transforming our experience of the world, we will need a right to privacy well suited to protect women and gender diverse people from new forms of abuses, which will keep emerging as long as the patriarchal structures that fuel gender-based violence remain unchallenged.

My Gender Is: Mind Your Business

My Gender Is: Mind Your Business

When I see or hear strangers introduce me as “Arabelle, genderqueer” to people they don’t even know, to rooms I’m unfamiliar with, in public spaces where I can’t address the dangers first, I feel like a specimen with all the lights bearing down.

How Indian Government’s Digital Authoritarianism Is Interfering With “Internet Freedom”

How Indian Government’s Digital Authoritarianism Is Interfering With “Internet Freedom”

Throughout the year, India has been on the world’s radar for many Internet and privacy-related incidents; top-most being the numerous mob lynchings which have been reported to initiate from fake Whatsapp messages.

#WeHearYouKhashoggi

#WeHearYouKhashoggi

The disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi is becoming a major international incident as Western governments line up to cast doubt on the implausible and inconsistent story offered by Saudi Arabia about his death.

Smart cities raise important questions about our privacy rights at home and on the streets where we live

Smart cities raise important questions about our privacy rights at home and on the streets where we live

At its best, these tools can offer citizens living environments that are more responsive to their needs, and allow them opportunities to engage directly and meaningfully with their governments and their communities.