Bracelets, Beacons, Barcodes: Wearables in the Global Response to COVID-19 — Activist Post – June 16, 2020

Activist Post | By Katitza Rodriguez, Svea Windwehr, and Seth Schoen

In their efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic, governments around the world are rolling out body-worn devices (“wearables”) to assist in fighting the virus. Some governments want a technological silver bullet to solve the public health crisis. But many of the tools aimed at solving problems come with a host of other problems that will undermine the public health goals for which they are adopted, and create new unintended consequences for privacy, association, and freedom of expression. →

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Contact Tracing: Laying the Foundation for Real-Time Social Tracking — Activist Post – June 1, 2020

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By Sia Mohajer

Many academics, business leaders, and governments are claiming that technology is a critical part of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. By utilizing the surveillance capabilities of modern data acquisition systems, it is believed, citizens can be provided with tools that will allow them to see if they have come into contact with someone infected with the virus. →

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Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds — Activist Post – January 14, 2020

By Christoph Schmon

(Activist Post)  A new year often starts with good resolutions. Some resolve to change a certain habit, others resolve to abandon an undesired trait. Mobile app makers, too, claim to have user behavior and their preferences at their heart. From dating to health to music, their promise is to add convenience to consumers’ lives or to offer support when needed. The bad news is that the ecosystem of the underlying ad tech industry has not changed and still does not respect user privacy. A new report published today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) looks at the hidden side of the data economy and its findings are alarming. →

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Bahnhof: Regeringen vill ha fler kränkande övervakningslagar — NewsVoice.se – 30 Januari, 2019

ÖVERVAKNINGSSAMHÄLLET. “Regeringen verkar vilja etablera ett regelrätt övervakningssamhälle som både gör avsteg ifrån GDPR och EU-rätten, vilket i förlängningen innebär avsteg ifrån våra grundläggande mänskliga rättigheter”. Det skriver Bahnhof i ett pressmeddelande som NewsVoice återpublicerar i sin helhet. Den 21 januari presenterade statsminister Stefan Löfvén Sveriges nya blocköverskridande regering. I listan över regeringens statsråd introduceras en del…Läs mera

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