privacy

APC member JCA-NET speaks out against Japanese digital surveillance bill

MONTEVIDEO 30 May 2011 (APC for APCNews)


The proposed bill criminalises a number of online activities, granting Japanese authorities extremely broad powers to monitor and investigate their citizens. It also requires network providers to record and hold communications data on all users so it can be used by law enforcement agencies.

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US Senate debates reforms to Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Senator Patrick Leahy, author of the original 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, has proposed several amendments to the ECPA in order to “keep pace with new technologies and new threats to our security”.

United States goes for the high score


According to the Justice Department, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — the oversight body established to approve or deny surveillance requests in the United States — “approved 100% of such requests”:http://arstechnica.com/

Sony Network Suffers Massive Intrusion

Sony announced yesterday that the PlayStation Network was currently down.

As if we hadn’t noticed.

A Chinese Facebook?


Mark Zuckerberg’s latest trip to China appears to have borne fruit. You know — that unidentifiable spiky fruit you just bought at the Chinese grocery store and now you’re not sure which part you’re supposed to eat.

I Can Stalk U - Raising awareness about inadvertent information sharing

4 April 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

The aptly named icanstalku.com attempts to expose the dangers inherent in posting information — in this case pictures — online in a rather unconventional way: the site regularly updates its news feed with individuals’ user names and locations, all gleaned from photos posted to Twitter.

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I Can Stalk U - Raising awareness about inadvertent information sharing

The aptly named icanstalku.com attempts to expose the dangers inherent in posting information — in this case pictures — online in a rather unconventional way: the site regularly updates its news feed with individuals’ user names and locations, all gleaned from photos posted to Twitter.

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Irresponsible Pakistani media and authorities violates rape victim's privacy

ISLAMABAD 21 December 2010 (TakeBackTheTech Pakistan)

One women was raped and another beaten in Pakistan. Both electronic media and law enforcing agencies, rather than respecting the survivors’ privacy, publicly identified them by their names and gave irrelevant information about them (that they were returning from a ‘dance party’ at 2:00 am), reinforcing the ‘she asked for it’ mindset. The rape survivor withdrew her case. Read the open letter that Take Back the Tech Pakistan wrote to Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh, one of the authorities harmed the survivor’s reputation.

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