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Looking back to how countries around the world disbursed emergency welfare benefits in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are a lot of lessons to be learned.

Read more about the trends we observed 👇

We're delighted to be working with @CarterCenter in assessing privacy issues related to election tech ahead of the upcoming Kenyan election.

@CarterCenter This partnership builds upon our "Elections Checklist", a guiding document which identifies the main areas where technology and the processing of personal data play a key role in the electoral process.

The reversal of by the US Supreme Court has had serious implications for reproductive rights and privacy.

In our analysis, we argue that SCOTUS' decision is out of step with international human rights standards.

Read more 👉

The EU has proposed a long-awaited law requiring companies to perform human rights and environmental due diligence.

But guess who's not in scope? Tech companies.

This @BHRRC briefing highlights the gaps that must be fixed ⬇️

For examples of all the human rights harms that will go undetected if tech companies aren't brought within scope, read our own submission to the European Commission:

In October 2021, Meta announced that they were acquiring Within, a company that offers immersive VR fitness service.

A few days ago the FTC announced that they would seek to block this acquisition.

But how did we get there? Why does it matter? 🤔

Meta (then Facebook) got into VR (Virtual Reality) in 2014 when they acquired headset manufacturer Oculus.

Since then its VR division keeps expending. Acquiring companies producing the most successful apps on its store, such as Beat Saber.

Meta's strategy is pretty clear, buy competitors to ensure complete dominance over the VR space.

This is not an isolated behaviour among Big Tech. Google is doing the same thing. See our fight to prevent their acquisition of Fitbit👇

As FTC Bureau of Competition Deputy Director John Newman said “Instead of competing on the merits, Meta is trying to buy its way to the top”

We couldn't agree more.

Big tech companies built their dominance by exploiting our data. Now they are buying competitors.

It cripples innovation, sets the scene for abusive practices, and leave consumers with little choice.

VR might or might not be the future.

But if it has any chance to go mainstream and get into our homes, we want to make sure consumers have choices, including to protect their privacy.

Thank you @MUO_official for featuring us alongside some amazing organisations fighting for a better internet 🔥

If you want to support our work to protect privacy, donate here:

It's not the first time data brokers intrude in reproductive choices.

In 2019, the UK regulator fined data broker Bounty for illegally exploiting the data of new mothers.

Its message was simple: consent is key.

Read more about the decision:

The Adtech industry has created a data-hungry ecosystem where your data is treated as a commodity.

This news comes to show just how the consequences of these widespread collection practices go well beyond the ads you see when browsing the web.

It's easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless standing against the seemingly inevitable reality of having your data collected, but it doesn't have to be this way.

There are steps you can take right now to be better protected.

Read our short guides 👇

News that data brokers continue to sell personal data about pregnant people are concerning.

One such data broker offers names, emails and mailing addresses of more than 23,000 expecting parents.

Here's why we're worried 🧵

The information sold could identify pregnant people and their location - information that could put them at risk if in the wrong hands.

Read more about privacy and reproductive rights in the wake of the reversal of .

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