It’s reported the Pegasus spyware can capture a user’s keystrokes, intercept communications, track their device and tap into their camera and microphone.
A smart light pole in the UK can also recognise faces and numberplates and detect speeding.
Smart street furniture can do a lot of things at once. Some of these functions offer the public clear benefits, but the data collection and surveillance capabilities raise a number of concerns.
A wider understanding of cultural values will be crucial to the successful implementation of contact-tracing technology across the world.
We believe fitness trackers keep us healthy, and connected toys keep children safe – but such devices are easily abused.
Seeing through walls has long been a staple of comics and science fiction. Something like it could soon be a reality.
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The murky blobs visible with today’s wall-penetrating radar could soon give way to detailed images of people and things on the other side of a wall – and even measure people’s breathing and heart rate.
Does technology more about us than we know about ourselves?
Police, private security and sporting events are turning to a growing but largely unregulated industry that claims its technology can detect suspicious individuals.
Police clear a homeless camp in Montréal’s east end May 3, 2021.
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A key component in any planning around encampments is the voice of people with lived experience. It is clear the go-to response of policing is not working.
A vaccination site in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Each province and district in South Africa has allocated persons responsible for investigating adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination.
Vaccine passports may soon be required for travelling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Like biometrics, they’ll likely become a permanent part of our daily lives — and there’s barely been any debate about them.
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COVID-19 vaccine passports are being presented as a relatively simple technological solution to our current travel woes. But meaningful public debate about their merits and problems is essential.
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Interviews with students, tutors, tech workers and university administrators reveal the problems with online exam monitoring systems — but also show they’re unlikely to go away.
Demonstrators shine their cellphones during a protest in St. Louis in 2020.
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A privacy expert says citizens will need to exercise their right to public protest if they want to preserve their privacy.
You can have this STI without knowing it, or have symptoms, it can affect men and women, and it can be treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, it may cause complications.
Wearable devices can help track the spread of COVID-19 in places where smartphone use isn’t possible.
The government of Ontario’s announcement of funding of a wearable contact tracking device for workplaces raises concerns about privacy and surveillance.
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The responsibility should not simply lie with employees who are working even harder.
Innovative border control technologies may be great for governments cracking down on migration — but they could further disadvantage groups that are already vulnerable.
The Constitutional Court judgment is a huge victory, not only for journalists and lawyers who stand to benefit directly and immediately, but for broader society.
We already track potential vaccine side-effects in Australia. So we’ll be using, and building on, years of experience in monitoring any long-term effects of COVID-19 vaccines.
Many of the people who broke into the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 carried cellphones, which can be tracked, and posted photos of their activities on social media.
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Facial recognition, social media and location tracking give law enforcement a leg up in a monumental investigation.
In the U.S., the internet never forgets.
A recent Labor Department memo urges agencies to avoid releasing press releases accusing companies of violating laws, to protect the companies’ reputations. People are denied the same protections.
Workers installing surveillance cameras in Shanghai in August 2020.
There is growing concern in some countries that restrictions designed to combat the pandemic may not be lifted once it is over.