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There are questions being raised about the legality of scanning, storing and sharing facial images. The law currently doesn't prohibit even highly intrusive levels of surveillance by private entities.
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South Africa is taking seriously concerns about the risks that monitoring can pose for human rights. But there are still loopholes.
Andrew Hastie said the broad objectives of the identity-matching system were sound, but key changes were needed to ensure privacy and transparency.
Human rights groups say the bill is an attempt to introduce mass surveillance to Australia and an egregious breach of individual privacy.
Is privacy what you can’t see, or where you don’t look?
Privacy starts with the body and extends to digital data. There are few rules governing what companies can do – yet people can't effectively protect their own privacy.
Surveillance software that identifies people from CCTV is eroding human rights and democracy.
The Northern Territory government is expanding the CCTV surveillance network.
Darwin is one of the aspiring 'smart cities' that is adopting Chinese technology that can identify and track individuals. Add changes in Australian law, and we have the makings of a surveillance state.
Companies and governments have massive amounts of data about many people.
Consumers want better protection for their data, and businesses want clear national laws. Yet there is virtually no consensus about what a broad privacy law should entail.
Teachers can record and photograph student behaviour and display student standings to the entire class.
ClassDojo, the popular classroom behaviour management and communication system, is said to facilitate community and message-sharing. But who is asking how children are impacted?
Smart planning of cities needs to include addressing citizens’ privacy concerns.
Smart city planning raises concerns with citizens regarding privacy and the use of their data.
If you feel like you’re being watched, it could be your smartphone spying on you.
Experts describe their research into how smartphones collect and share private personal information with tracking companies and advertisers.
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Websites are trying to get around GDPR rules on giving you control over your data.
There are many questions over how facial recognition technology can impinge on people’s privacy rights and whether it will worsen discrimination in policing practices.
Australia's parliament will soon decide on a bill to try to regulate facial recognition technology, but it leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
Rastafarians celebrate after the South African Constitutional Court ruled that the personal use of marijuana is now legal.
The legalisation of the private use of cannabis in South Africa is a victory for human rights. But, much more work needs to be done to make it practical.
Europe’s digital-data regulations are having ripple effects around the world.
Privacy rules enacted in Europe are affecting companies – and their customers and users – all around the world.
Does this man understand how his company can be a responsible member of society?
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Facebook is realizing it has broad obligations to society. Here's how it could start meeting them.
Social media companies combine many pieces of information into a complex digital profile.
For years, watchdogs have warned of the potential problems of sharing data with online companies. The Facebook data crisis has made these concerns much more real. What should be done now?
What are the rules governing who’s watching you online?
US privacy laws focus on informing consumers what's happening with their data; other countries specifically restrict data collection and analysis.
How much can your cellphone reveal about where you go?
Should police be able to use cellphone records to track suspects – and law-abiding citizens?
Most people don’t know what they’re agreeing to.
Consumers can't read, understand or use information in companies' privacy policies. So they end up less informed and less protected than they'd like to be. New research shows a better way.
The role ‘creepshots’ have in the denigration of women, and broader questions concerning privacy, the body, and public spaces, need to be considered.
'Creepshots' are provoking questions concerning rights to privacy in public, and ethical concerns regarding technology and bodily autonomy.