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Since 2001 many countries have deployed counter-terrorism laws/measures often with NO:
- democratic accountability
- public debate
- involvement or scrutiny from civil society.

This is why we work to
scrutinise the global counter-terrorism agenda 👉

Lots of wonderful nominees for the 2021 Awards 🏆

They all advocate to ensure ID systems don't put people at risk by:
- holding deployers + suppliers to account
- protecting their privacy
- ensuring they are inclusive
- securing them


We just marked 20 years since 9/11 and the start of the "War on Terror".

Earlier this year we explored how one key tech that has emerged in counter-terrorism, often justified by this ‘war’, is biometrics.

Three case studies raise the alarm regarding their use 👇

You can find lots and lots of great videos about privacy and human rights on this PeerTube instance:

The instance is run by @privacyint, an NGO which campaigns for people's right to privacy, and which has been on the Fediverse for several years.

They have a nice introductory video here:

#PeerTube #Privacy #HumanRights

We designed a face mask, as a symbol of resistance against the use of in public places. Donate £20 or pledge £2 per month to PI, and get yours while stocks last!

As we mark 20 years since 9/11, we put together a short thread on the implications 9/11 has had on privacy around the world 👇

In Europe, it has been a long fight against bulk data retention. It wasn't until this year, and our fight with 10 other human rights organisations, that the highest court in Europe ruled this bulk data interception was unlawful.

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Post 9/11, Governments:
- Created new systems to collect data to profile & risk score travellers
- Expanded identity schemes & began demanding biometrics, particularly for border management.
- Developed financial surveillance
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In the aftermath of 9/11, Governments across the world rushed to to expand their surveillance powers.

Below is a 🧵 on some of the key privacy issues from the past 20 years, what PI has fought against and what is still left.

'Metadata' become most widely known in 2003 after Edward Snowden's disclosures on how the NSA was using this data from comms providers to surveil people around the world.

There is still no retention policy in the US on how long comms providers can hold metadata.

Surveillance of communications - metadata - became a key source of information for governments post 9/11.

It tells the story about your data and answers the who, when, what, and how of a specific communication and activity, even without knowing the content.

Biometric data collection and use in the name of countering terrorism has been accelerating since 9/11, often abusively, without being effectively regulated or subject to accountability mechanisms.
Read more about biometrics & counter terrorism:

We are now seeing the long term effects of these data-intensive system with the Department of Defense developed biometric system in Afghanistan at risk of exposing individuals under a new regime change.

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What now? With our network of international partners, the fight against data-intensive systems, quick privacy grabs and abusive practises still rages on.

You can learn more about our global movement to protect privacy:

We designed a face mask, as a symbol of resistance against the use of in public places. Donate £20 or pledge £2 per month to PI, and get yours while stocks last!

We looked at how aerial and satellite surveillance is being used to monitor migrants 🛸🛰️🕵️‍

Want to know how it works? Check out our latest tech explainer 🤓

Who's buying? UK & EU border guards🇪🇺🇬🇧

What is unfolding in Afghanistan is yet another example as to why deploying digital ID systems must be carefully considered.

Too often decisions are shortsighted whilst the long-term implications matter & should inform design and implementation.

Read PI’s Q&A with @galdemzine to learn about hi tech police surveillance of protests in the UK, and how you can better protect yourself from being tracked or identified if you go to a protest:

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