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Part of an EU flag is displayed on a smartphone with the Union Jack in the background in this photo illustration, 15 November 2017, Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The UK government has just released its proposal for tackling “online harms”, including how content on social media platforms should be monitored and regulated.

A live demonstration uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition in dense crowd spatial-temporal technology at an exhibit during the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, USA, 10 January 2019, DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images

New technologies are enabling private companies and public authorities to more effectively collect and analyse the personal information of individuals in public spaces.

Saudi asylum seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport, 12 January 2019, Cole Burston/Getty Images

Egyptian TV presenter’s jail sentence for interviewing a gay man; Bahrainis stripped of citizenship; a Saudi activist’s death sentence lifted, and a Saudi teenager granted asylum; Iraqi photojournalist killed; and Palestinian journalists ‘collateral victims’ in Hamas-Fatah rivalry.

Security forces check identification at a checkpoint in Cotabato on the island of Mindanao, Philippines, 20 January 2019, NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

2018 saw the General Data Protection Regulation introduced in May, but it also saw public bodies, security and law enforcement agencies awarding themselves ever increasing surveillance powers.

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Privacy International shows what this data sharing looks like in practice, particularly for people who do not have a Facebook account.

A migrant makes a call with the help of a member of the Italian Red Cross outside the 'Tracing Bus', a mobile office giving people the opportunity to re-establish a link with their families, in Rome, 6 March 2017, ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

To ensure that the use of new technologies does not result in any harm, humanitarian organisations must develop and implement appropriate data protection standards, including robust risk assessments.

Thousands of people demonstrate on the International Day for the elimination of Violence against Women in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 25 November 2018 , Miquel Llop/NurPhoto via Getty Images

As Privacy International highlights in their latest report From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy – privacy has not always been on the side of women.

Two men hold pictures of murdered Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova (C) and murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya (L), during a vigil in Sofia, Bulgaria, 8 October 2018, NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images

Europe and Central Asia: Journalists murdered, art vs misogyny in Tajikistan, two Russian publications threatened, Ireland rejects blasphemy, vaguely-worded counterterror legislation in the UK, vigils for Daphne, prejudice fails spectacularly in Romania…