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 👉 https://privacyinternational.org/campaigns/scrutinising-global-counter-terrorism-agenda https://nitter.net/privacyint/status/1436312818853294093
Lots of wonderful nominees for the 2021 #GoodID 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 #HumanRights 👇 https://nitter.net/privacyint/status/1436312818853294093
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:
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 👇 https://nitter.net/privacyint/status/1436312808837296167
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.
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
Read more: https://privacyinternational.org/impact/restraining-911-over-reach
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: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4528/biometrics-collection-under-pretext-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.
Read more: https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/4615/afghanistan-what-now-after-two-decades-building-data-intensive-systems
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: https://privacyinternational.org/impact/building-global-movement
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:
⏰ The #PolicingBill is back in the @UKHouseofLords next week - 14 September.
Get up to speed on #MobilePhoneExtraction powers for #ImmigrationOfficers here:
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