Apr 102021
 
 April 10, 2021  Posted by  Announcements

One of the most important contributors to this blog will be laid to rest this morning, and I am absolutely gutted. For more than one decade, Kurt Wimmer was this blog and this blogger’s First Amendment defender and counsel. It was only with Kurt’s pro bono help and that of [Read More…]

Apr 102021
 
 April 10, 2021  Posted by  Business, Surveillance

Joe Cadillic writes: Cash-strapped states are using COVID as an excuse to create AI-driven vehicle recognition or license plate reader surveillance programs. As Rekor Systems president and CEO Robert Berman proudly boasts, “because our technology works so well for vehicle recognition, we do more, we identify the vehicle’s make, model, color, [Read More…]

Apr 102021
 
 April 10, 2021  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S.

Hiroto Imai, Mizue Kakiuchi, and Eva-Marie Koenig of Hogan Lovells write: On 24 March 2021, the Japanese government released the effective dates of substantial amendments to the Japanese Act on the Protection of Personal Information (“APPI”) that had been announced in June 2020, requiring companies to take certain additional measures to [Read More…]

Apr 102021
 
 April 10, 2021  Posted by  Featured News

How national ID systems (vaccine passports) make social protection inaccessible to vulnerable populations: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4472/exclusion-design-how-national-id-systems-make-social-protection-inaccessible UK Prime Minister: The world will “definitely” use ‘vaccination passports’ https://www.politico.eu/article/boris-johnson-gives-clearest-hint-at-introduction-of-vaccine-passports/ 56 civil rights groups ask the European Commission to ban mass facial recognition surveillance: https://edri.org/our-work/european-commission-must-ban-biometric-mass-surveillance-practices-say-56-civil-society-groups/ EU police spy on 70,000 Encrochat encrypted phones: https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/courtandcrime/arid-40242590.html https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkdjab/encrochat-signal-protocol-encryption [Read More…]