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This week the World Wide Web Consortium, the non-profit that debates and sets the standards that make all the web’s browsers and websites compatible, held its most contentious vote in history. The proposed standard that was voted on is called Encrypted Media Extensions, or EME.
On Thursday, The Intercept published a leaked survey in which body camera manufacturer Axon (the company formerly known as Taser) discussed a new software platform permitting citizens to submit their own photo and video evidence to its private cloud storage property, Evidence.com.
This report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee examines Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It has been prepared by a coalition of non-government organisations from across Australia.
Rohingya activists—in Burma and in Western countries—tell The Daily Beast that Facebook has been removing their posts documenting the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people in Burma (also known as Myanmar). They said their accounts are frequently suspended or taken down.
In July, the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium overruled dozens of members' objections to publishing a DRM standard without a compromise to protect accessibility, security research, archiving, and competition.
Editor’s note: Franklin Foer, a former editor of the “New Republic,” is the author of the new book, “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech.
In a “Global Civil Submission” handed to the Council of Europe today, European Digital Rights (EDRI), an association defending rights and freedoms online, has provided an opinion from civil society worldwide on the proposed protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.
Today, 18 September 2017, a global coalition of civil society organisations, led by European Digital Rights (EDRi) and including Digital Rights Watch, submitted to the Council of Europe its comments on how protect human rights when developing new rules on cross-border access to electronic evidenc
Privacy International is asking oversight bodies from Australian and other global government agencies to come clean about the types of intelligence sharing they conduct, in order to safeguard citizens’ private information.
It’s troubling to think that at any moment you might open an email that looks like it comes from your employer, a relative or your bank, only to fall for a phishing scam.
On Tuesday, Apple revealed their newest phone. The new line was anticipated by Apple users and is another cult favorite. But many are rightly skeptical of the “FaceID” feature. FaceID, is a tool that would use facial recognition to identify individuals and unlock their phones for use.
One of the buzzwords around online surveillance and leaked NSA data collection programs has been the word “metadata.
This three part mini-series, hosted by Global Partners Digital’s Legal Officer Richard Wingfield, aims to give human rights defenders a fast, accessible introduction to the world of encryption policy; looking at what encryption is, how it works, and the debates around it, who the key actors in en
Facial recognition takes your most personal feature and turns it into data. Of course there will be questions about privacy. In a letter (PDF), Democratic Sen.
President Trump quickly reacted to the explosion on a London subway train Friday that police are treating as an act of terrorism, tweeting that the internet should be "cut off" because of extremists.
HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP Privacy International has gathered 30 other like-minded organisations together so that they can send another letter and ask another time for more information about how national intelligence agencies trade and exchange data between themselves.
If you send a message using end-to-end encrypted messaging apps — like iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal or Wickr — it's basically impossible for law enforcement agencies (or anyone else) to intercept and read it. You won't be surprised to hear they're not too happy about that.
The Australian Government must ensure transparency of its intelligence sharing with other countries in order to safeguard Australian citizens’ private information, a coalition of privacy and human rights organisations said at the launch of a new campaign.
Apple’s new smartphone will unlock using face recognition, thanks to infrared and 3D sensors. This technology is spreading – and complacency is not an option I have a confession to make.
For seven years, I didn’t exist. While incarcerated, I had no bank statements, no bills, no credit history. In our interconnected world of big data, I appeared to be no different than a deceased person.
Former Senator Scott Ludlam Abstract Surveillance politics How has Australia evolved into one of the most monitored societies on earth? How did a country that prides itself on individualism and disregard for authority so casually submit to deeply intrusive government and corporate surveillance? For
The Australian Government's recently announced encryption legislation, forgetting for a moment its completely inoperable absurdity, is based on two deeply flawed assumptions which couldn't be further from the truth... Either that, or it is a thinly veiled grab at unbridled mass surveillance.
In March 2017, the Australian Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) provided their expert opinion to the Australian High Court, stating that anti-protest laws in Tasmania violate civic freedoms.
Professor whose study suggested technology can detect whether a person is gay or straight says programs will soon reveal traits such as criminal predisposition Voters have a right to keep their political beliefs private.
Until recently, it was easy to define our most widely known corporations. Any third-grader could describe their essence. Exxon sells gas; McDonald’s makes hamburgers; Walmart is a place to buy stuff. This is no longer so. Today’s ascendant monopolies aspire to encompass all of existence.
The Australian government wants new powers to access encrypted communications, but does it need them?
Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness.
On Thursday October 5th, join the Australian Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch Australia, Future Wise, and the QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre at ThoughtWorks Brisbane office to discuss ‘Attacks on Encryption: Privacy, Civil Society, and the Surveillance State.’
Google will soon be rolling out design changes to its user-facing privacy and security dashboard, in an attempt to make it more touchscreen-friendly and more clear to users which Google products are storing their data.
It’s 7:30 p.m. on a Monday in June at an undisclosed location somewhere in northern Europe.
Nighat Dad gave a powerful talk at TEDGlobal this year in Tanzania about cyber harassment and women's rights. As a Pakistani lawyer and Internet activist who founded The Digital Rights Foundation, Dad has risked her life to help women share their voices on the web.
Microsoft said last week that it had achieved a new record for the accuracy of software that transcribes speech. Its system missed just one in 20 words on a standard collection of phone call recordings—matching humans given the same challenge.
Public and private agencies would be fined tens of thousands of dollars for breaching West Australians’ confidentiality under lapsed Carpenter government laws Labor is eyeing for resurrection.
This article is part of a series on how law enforcement is fighting crime across digital borders. The Australian government wants new powers to access encrypted communications, but do they need them?
This article is part of a series on how law enforcement is fighting crime across digital borders. Australian police are using “poisoned watering holes” to investigate crime on the dark web.
The era where we were in control of the data on our own computers has been replaced with devices containing sensors we cannot control, storing data we cannot access, in operating systems we cannot monitor, in environments where our rights are rendered meaningless.
In the internet era, consumers seem increasingly resigned to giving up fundamental aspects of their privacy for convenience in using their phones and computers, and have grudgingly accepted that being monitored by corporations and even governments is just a fact of modern life.
Earlier this month, in the wake of the Charlottesville attack on protesters, a post began circulating on Facebook titled: “Heather Heyer, Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident was a Fat, Childless 32-Year-Old Slut.
So much of Syria’s history has been purposefully erased by ISIS in recent years. And now, we’re seeing another erasure of history– this time on YouTube. Thousands of videos showing human rights abuses in Syria, as well as the channels that feature these videos, are being removed by YouTube.
The guide covers array of relevant topics such as the (il)legality of mass surveillance operations, the law surrounding data retention, the extraterritorial application of human rights law and digital surveillance, the international law on hacking for surveillance purposes, crypto- wars and the “
In one of the largest single data sets of emails yet discovered, computer security experts have come across a spam list containing a pretty extraordinary 711 million email addresses.
UBER is pulling a heavily criticised feature from its app that allowed it to track riders for up to five minutes after a trip, as the ride-services company tries to fix its poor reputation for customer privacy.
Think that if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear? Maybe you should just hand over your email password, writes Amy Gray.
Australia has fallen down to seventh spot in the United Nations International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) list of countries most committed to cyber security for 2017.
Sven Bluemmel will be Victoria’s first Information Commissioner, the state government announced today.
When 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown was shot six times by police in Ferguson, Missouri, Ed Summers and his colleagues quickly began collecting tweets.
Australian pirates have just been put on notice.
AccuWeather is still sending precise geolocation data to a third-party advertiser, ZDNet can confirm, despite updating its app earlier this week to remove a feature that collected user's location data without their permission.
The federal government’s mandatory data retention legislation was passed…