Jun 302016
 June 30, 2016  Posted by  Healthcare, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Joy Pullman writes:

In a recent interview, megatron philanthropist Melinda Gates backhandedly illuminated Big Philanthropy’s persistent antagonism towards the procreation of brown people and development into a global “shadow bureaucracy.”

While discussing her efforts to get 120 million more women on chemical contraception by 2020, Gates emphasized her concern that their use of these be “voluntary.” It matters so much to her that Gates has funded a global data system to track women’s use of contraception and other health measures.

Read more on The Federalist.

Jun 302016
 June 30, 2016  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Totally forgetting or ignoring the lessons of what happened to Japanese-Americans in the U.S. during World War II,  it seems:

Japan’s Supreme Court has approved the government’s blanket surveillance of Muslims in the country.

The country’s top court struck down a second appeal by Japanese Muslim plaintiffs against what they perceive an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy and freedom of religion. Mohamed Fujita, whose name has been changed to protect his identity is one of the 17 plaintiffs in a lawsuit that challenged extensive monitoring of Japan’s Muslims,Al Jazeera reported.

Fujita and the other plaintiffs sued the government following the leak in 2010 of 114 police files, which revealed religious profiling of Muslims across Japan.

Read more on Pakistan Today.

Jun 302016
 June 30, 2016  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Glyn Moody reports:

The German cabinet has approved more stringent oversight of the country’s foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). This follows a series of embarrassing revelations about the BND’s spying activities, including snooping on EU politicians and companies, as well supplying the NSA with copious quantities of information from its secret files. However, the actual spying powers of the BND are largely unaffected by the new rules.

Read more on Ars Technica.

Jun 302016
 June 30, 2016  Posted by  Business, Court, Non-U.S., Online

Saqib Shah reports:

Facebook has won an important legal victory in Belgium that allows it to continue to track the web activity of non-users of its social network.

The Brussels Appeals Court has dismissed a case filed against Facebook by the Belgian Privacy Commission, stating that the country’s privacy watchdog has no jurisdiction over the tech giant, as it has its European headquarters in Ireland.

Read more on Reuters.