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.
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.
The UK government has just released its proposal for tackling “online harms”, including how content on social media platforms should be monitored and regulated.
New technologies are enabling private companies and public authorities to more effectively collect and analyse the personal information of individuals in public spaces.
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.