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Documents link Huawei to Uyghur surveillance projects, report claims

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Huawei has helped Chinese authorities create surveillance technology that targets the country’s Uyghur minority population, an investigation has alleged. A series of marketing presentation slides reviewed by the Washi...

Facebook demands LAPD end social media surveillance and use of fake accounts

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Facebook is demanding that the Los Angeles police department cease all use of “dummy” accounts on its platforms and stop collecting data on users for surveillance. The letter, addressed to the LAPD chief, Michel Moore...

US citizens v FBI: Will the government face charges for illegal surveillance?

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On Monday, the US supreme court will hear arguments in a case which could determine whether the US government faces accountability for its mass surveillance of Muslim Americans after 9/11. The nine justices will be as...

New Zealand: rushing anti-terror law could lead to surveillance overreach, minor parties say

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Legislation that will make planning a terrorist attack a crime in New Zealand is one step closer to becoming law, but the country’s minor parties have voiced concerns the process is moving too fast and could lead to s...

‘Every message was copied to the police’: the inside story of the most daring surveillance sting in history

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The rain pattered lightly on the harbour of the Belgian port city of Ghent when, on 21 June 2021, a team of professional divers slipped below the surface into the emerald murk. The Brazilian tanker, heavy with fruit j...

EU ‘seeking to turn migrant database into mass surveillance tool’

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The EU has been accused of planning “a powerful tool for the mass surveillance” of migrants through proposed changes to a fingerprint database for asylum seekers. Campaigners from 31 non-governmental organisations, in...

‘Panic made us vulnerable’: how 9/11 made the US surveillance state – and the Americans who fought back

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On the morning of 11 September 2001, an 18-year-old was driving his white Honda Civic on the way to work as a freelance web designer. It was a beautiful day under a sparkling blue sky, and as he sped down Maryland’s R...

Beware state surveillance of your lives – governments can change for the worse

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In the summer of 2013, shortly after Edward Snowden’s revelations about the surveillance capabilities of the American National Security Agency (NSA) began to appear, I had a private conversation with a former cabinet ...

‘We don’t deserve this’: new app places US caregivers under digital surveillance

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For years, LeDanté Walker set aside what little extra cash he could find so no matter the issue with his health insurance coverage, his caregiver was always taken care of. Walker, who sustained a spinal cord injury wh...

Rwandans have long been used to Pegasus-style surveillance

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It was a silver BlackBerry, surprisingly heavy in the hand, belonging to a businessman who had flown from Kigali to South Africa to visit the exiled former Rwandan intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya. The businessman,...

I spy: are smart doorbells creating a global surveillance network?

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I have got a new doorbell. It’s brilliant. It should be; it cost £89. It’s a Ring video doorbell; you’ll have seen them around. There are others available, made by other companies, with other four-letter names such as...

Biden bans US investment in Chinese military and tech surveillance sectors

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Joe Biden has signed an executive order that bans American entities from investing in dozens of Chinese companies with alleged ties to defense or surveillance technology sectors. In a move that his administration says...

WhatsApp sues Indian government over ‘mass surveillance’ internet laws

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WhatsApp has sued the Indian government over new internet laws which the company says will “severely undermine” the privacy of their users. The new IT laws, which have been called oppressive and draconian, give the In...

Amazon’s Ring is the largest civilian surveillance network the US has ever seen

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In a 2020 letter to management, Max Eliaser, an Amazon software engineer, said Ring is “simply not compatible with a free society”. We should take his claim seriously. Ring video doorbells, Amazon’s signature home sec...

How US Capitol attack surveillance methods could be used against protesters

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The FBI has relied on a variety of technologies to track down rioters – and watchdogs are concerned those technologies could impede protesters exercising their first amendment rightsOver the past months, federal law e...

Surveillance footage shows Atlanta shootings suspect leaving massage parlour – video

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Surveillance video has emerged showing the shooting suspect Robert Aaron Long leaving Young's massage parlour in Acworth, Georgia, which was attacked on Wednesday. Long has been charged with allegedly killing eight pe...