human rights

Can data science save social media?

The unfettered internet is too often used for malicious purposes and is frequently woefully inaccurate. Social media -- especially Facebook -- has failed miserably at protecting user privacy and block

Twitter violates womens’ human rights, according to Amnesty International

Twitter has found itself under fire again. This time, it’s coming from Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization that focuses on human rights. Amnesty International’s new repo

UK keeps up its legal losing streak over mass surveillance

Yet another defeat in the courts for the UK government's use of mass surveillance as an indiscriminate and, as it frequently turns out, unlawful investigatory tool.

UK bulk spying challenge in European Court of Human Rights

Legal representatives of the UK government faced a raft of questions today from judges sitting in the European Court of Human Rights hearing a challenge to intelligence agencies' bulk collection pract

EU uses Privacy Shield review to press for reform of U.S. foreign surveillance law

A one-year-old data transfer mechanism that's used by thousands of companies to authorize transfers of personal data between the European Union and the U.S. for processing has been given the thumbs up

UK spies using social media data for mass surveillance

Privacy rights group Privacy International says it has obtained evidence for the first time that UK spy agencies are collecting social media information on potentially millions of people. 

Legal fight against UK state hacking seeks crowdfunds

Privacy rights group, Privacy International, is running a crowdfunding campaign to try to raise funds to help cover its legal costs as it continues to challenge the UK government's use of hacking as a

Tutanota to offer premium e2e encrypted email free to non-profits

Freemium, open source encrypted email service, Tutanota, which is based in Germany, is offering to "donate" (as it puts it) the business version of its end-to-end encrypted email service to non-profi

India’s Supreme Court rules that privacy is a fundamental right for citizens

India’s universal identification program — Aadhaar — suffered a setback today after the country’s Supreme Court voted unanimously in favor of individual privacy. Given the prev

ACLU calls for tech firms to lobby for surveillance reform

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has put out a fresh call for tech companies to push for reform of the surveillance regime in the U.S., warning of the added urgency given new U.S. President D

Privacy is still alive and kicking in the digital age

Our lives are lived in data. Data crossing borders and connected in virtual space. Most often, it appears, we live in open and too easily accessible data networks. States and corporations are watching

Facebook built censorship tool to get into China despite human rights risks

Facebook wants to be unbanned in China, so it’s built a censorship tool that could hide posts about prohibited topics from people in China, according to The New York Times‘ Mike Isaac. Rat

U.K. gov’t agrees to foreground privacy statement in surveillance bill

The U.K. government has agreed on an amendment to draft surveillance legislation aimed at strengthening the public perception of privacy safeguards by adding a statement of priority to the face of the

Swiss public back law expanding surveillance powers

In the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations about mass surveillance programs some startups with concerns about overreaching government requests for user data settled on Switzerland as a base for their

Tor’s new social contract includes ‘no backdoors’ pledge

Pro-privacy organization Tor, which distributes anonymizing web browser tools, has published a social contract -- promoting what it dubs its commitment to 'advancing human rights'.

UK faces Human Rights challenge to state’s bulk hacking abroad

Privacy rights organization Privacy International has filed another legal challenge to the UK government's use of bulk hacking against foreigners. The filing, with the European Court of Human Rights,

EU-US Privacy Shield open for sign ups from today

U.S. companies needing to transfer personal data of European customers across the Atlantic can now sign up to a new framework to govern such data transfers, with the so-called EU-US Privacy Shield up

Europe’s new EU-US data flow deal clears final vote

The EU-US Privacy Shield, the cumbersomely christened replacement for the now defunct Safe Harbor transatlantic data transfer agreement, is rapidly approaching adoption, with Europe's Member States to

UN agrees to adopt expanded resolution on online speech rights

A vote today by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has agreed to affirm an expanded resolution on online rights. Russia and China had tabled several amendments to the text but these were

U.S. Government wants to step into European Facebook privacy legal challenge

European privacy campaigner Max Schrems' legal challenge to Facebook has already been credited with the demise of a fifteen-year-old data transfer arrangement between the region and the U.S. last year
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