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Stories about Privacy

7 August 2015

China Steps Up Internet Surveillance With “Cybersecurity Police Stations” at Major Websites

Until now, managing online discourse has been delegated to Internet content providers on a largely ad hoc basis.

30 July 2015

German Digital Rights Pioneers Investigated for Treason

The last time a German journalist was charged with treason was in 1962, when the editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel was prosecuted for publishing secret documents about the German defense forces.

29 July 2015

Netizen Report: Peru and Pakistan Erode Citizen Privacy With New Surveillance Tactics

The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. A recent executive decree from Peru’s government compels all telecommunications companies...

28 July 2015

Russia to Web Anonymizers: Shut Up and Go Away

Russian censors are now officially adding anonymizing websites to their blacklist registry, on the grounds they enable access to extremist content that is already blocked in Russia.

22 July 2015

Netizen Report: You Can’t Encrypt, But We Can Spy

"...the revelations have touched a nerve with certain Global Voices community members who are now virtually certain that their own communications devices were infected and monitored using Hacking Team spyware."

18 July 2015

President Putin Signs Russian ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Into Law

Vladimir Putin signed the "right to be forgotten" search engine law into force, while publicly coming out in support of "minimal restrictions" for the Russian Internet.

14 July 2015

In Sweeping Effort to Spy on Civil Society, Macedonia Broke Its Own Privacy Laws

"When such a government wiretaps you, it means that you are on the right track," says NGO worker Xhabir Deralla.

13 July 2015

Serbian Authorities Take Control of A Man's Facebook Account Following Alleged Threats Against PM Vucic

Police in Serbia seem to have overstepped boundaries in search and seizure proceedings, taking over a personal Facebook account without a court order.

11 July 2015

Legalizing the Great Firewall: China's New Cyber Security Law Would Codify Censorship, Shutdowns

A new comprehensive cyber security law in China would legalize censorship, authorize network shutdowns, and make real-name registration mandatory.

10 July 2015

Mexico Was Hacking Team's No. 1 Client for Spyware

At least 14 Mexican states and government agencies had contracts with Hacking Team, the Italy-based spyware company. But only some of them have constitutional authority to monitor citizen communications.