Until 1989, Germany was a divided country. East Germany was under communist rule. The powerbase of the communist government was its secret service – the infamous “Staatssicherheit,” also known as the Stasi. As a West German, I knew that the Stasi was likely to open the envelope when I sent a letter to my friends in the east part of Berlin. I also knew that the Stasi was likely to listen in when I called, so we were careful not to talk politics (or the music tapes I would smuggle across the border on my next visit) on the phone.
Hong Kong-based sex toy company Lovense’s remote control vibrator app (Lovense Remote) recorded a use session without their knowledge. An audio file lasting six minutes was stored in the app’s local folder. The users says he or she gave the app access to the mic and camera but only to use with the in-app chat function and to send voice clips on command — not constant recording when in use. Other users confirmed this app behavior, too.
Employers are using a range of technologies to monitor their staff’s web-browsing patterns, keystrokes, social media posts and even private messaging apps.
Organizations that use CCTV systems could be putting themselves at risk of breaching GDPR data protection and privacy requirements by failing to understand how the forthcoming regulations cover the collection of visual data.
On Tuesday 7 November, three joined cases brought by civil liberties and human rights organisations challenging UK Government surveillance will be heard in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
The sheer volume of data Facebook has on you is difficult to comprehend, which makes it incredibly creepy – and ripe for conspiracy theories.
European Court of Human Rights has heard 10 Human Rights Organizations v. UK, a legal challenge which will impact surveillance practices around the world. The organizations who brought the case argue that surveillance by UK and US intelligence services violated their fundamental rights.
The US Homeland Security Department is opting for a faster procurement option for the technology of facial scanning to deploy on its borders.
On Oct. 17, Israel’s data protection authority, which recently changed its name to the Privacy Protection Authority (formerly the ILITA), published guidelines on the use of surveillance cameras in the workplace and in the framework of an employment relationship. The new guidelines constitute supplementary materials to previous guidelines on the more general issue of privacy consideration in the use of surveillance cameras.
U.S. officials are now permitted to collect usernames and other social media information from all immigrants seeking to enter the country. The new rule went into effect October 18 as an amendment to the U.S. Privacy Act of 1974.