Contact tracing apps are coming to Canada, but there are privacy concerns.
Police departments have suggested using contact tracing approaches to track protesters, raising concerns about data and privacy.
A patchwork of state and federal laws cover the surveillance of private conversation. But, in all cases, there is a "public interest" defence.
Body cameras are increasingly being worn by police forces, like the Vancouver Police Department, to record officer interactions.
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The use of body cameras by police forces raises questions about surveillance, privacy and regulation.
Police forces have a wide range of options for monitoring individuals and crowds.
Police forces across the country now have access to surveillance technologies that were recently available only to national intelligence services. The digitization of bias and abuse of power followed.
A new approach to supporting victims of domestic violence and child maltreatment.
A robot dog called Spot patrols a Singapore park playing a recorded message telling people to observe physical distancing measures.
Smart city solutions have proved handy for curbing the contagion, but recent experience has also shown how much they rely on public trust. And that in turn depends on transparency and robust safeguards
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Temperature-scanning systems are not always accurate at detecting fever, and raise a host of privacy concerns.
An Italian police officer operates a surveillance drone in Turin, Italy, April 2020.
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Police are using drones to enforce rules and surveil and intimidate people.
Tracing apps will rely on smart devices to log movement and contact as a way of containing the coronavirus pandemic.
Contact tracing is being touted as essential to controlling the spread of COVID-19, but it comes with alarming concerns related to our rights to privacy.
By using technology to curb the spread of COVID-19, governments undertake the risky venture of undermining human rights.
As governments consider the use of surveillance technologies to trace and contain the spread of COVID-19, it is important to consider human rights in the implementation.
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The Australian National University is turning to digital proctoring to replace the role of a walking invigilator. But who watches the proctor, what are the risks, and what data will be collected?
Providing the relevant safeguards are in place, there should be no particular threat to Australians' privacy.
At a deserted Federation Square in Melbourne, the big screen broadcasts this message: ‘If you can see this, what are you doing? Go home.’
Current restrictions remind us of the value of access to public space and one another. Yet even before COVID-19 some people were excluded and targeted, so a return to the status quo isn't good enough.
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Cellphone data can show who coronavirus patients interacted with, which can help isolate infected people before they feel ill. But how digital contact tracing is implemented matters.
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Instead of seeking to protect our health and stop the coronavirus epidemic by instituting totalitarian surveillance regimes, we should rather focus on empowering citizens.
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Our mobile phone's location data could be a valuable tool to help track and trace the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The government has the legal power to do it, given what's at stake.
Facial recognition software could be applied to managing people during pandemics.
Recently, police forces have come under criticism for their engagement of facial recognition technologies. But pandemic response plans may increasingly incorporate surveillance.
South Korean is one of the most surveilled countries in the world.
South Korea's COVID-19 testing programme relies on what many would call privacy invasions.
New technology has created new options for women in Jordan.
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Research reveals a complicated relationship between surveillance and freedom, as surveillance activities allow for greater autonomy for women hoping to work in Jordan.
There are few guarantees that the facial recognition system is secure or even that it is accurate.