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Privacy International reveals how popular websites about depression in France, Germany and the UK share user data with advertisers, data brokers and large tech companies, while some depression test websites leak answers and test results with third parties.

We are at a crossroads. We need to address challenges posed by technological choices made by governments and dominant companies, resulting in the erosion of privacy and the centralisation of power.

Coupling facial recognition technology with police body-worn cameras subverts the purpose of these cameras as a tool of police accountability and transparency, turning them instead into a tool for mass surveillance.

Profile Shoot Of Alan Mamedi, Founder Of Truecaller

While TrueCaller may have laudable intentions, the privacy implications for people who end up in their database raise concerns. When a number is tagged, the person who is tagged ends up having their name and phone number stored on the TrueCaller database, despite not having consented – or even being aware – that their data was collected.

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.

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.