UK Data Bridge Criticized for Potentially Undermining Global Data Privacy

The UK’s imminent Data Bridge, extending the EU–US Transatlantic Data Privacy Framework (DPF), has sparked notable privacy apprehensions, especially in light of its predecessor, the Privacy Shield, being deemed inadequate by the European Court of Justice. The forthcoming Data Protection and Digital Information (DPDI) Bill could enable the UK Secretary of State to authorize personal […]

Meta’s New Ray-Ban Smart Glasses Spark Significant Privacy and Spying Concerns

Meta’s new “Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses” have sparked significant privacy concerns due to their ability to record video and take photos discreetly, with a design nearly identical to regular Ray-Bans. While the glasses feature a light intended to indicate recording, its effectiveness is dubious, as it can be easily obscured or potentially manipulated. Moreover, an […]

Belgium Probes Alibaba’s Liège Hub for Possible Espionage Activities

Belgium’s intelligence service, the VSSE, is closely monitoring Alibaba’s logistics hub in Liège, Belgium, due to concerns about potential espionage and the gathering of sensitive economic information through its software systems. Although Alibaba, which invested €100mn into the hub, denies any misconduct and asserts adherence to all relevant laws, the Belgian government remains wary, especially […]

New South African Bills Pose Threat to Privacy, Enable Mass Surveillance

The South African Parliament is currently evaluating two surveillance bills, RICA (Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information) and Gilab (General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill), which have sparked substantial privacy concerns among citizens. Despite a 2021 Constitutional Court ruling aimed at enhancing privacy protections and a subsequent Rica amendment bill, the Department […]

Top RCMP Agent Ortis’ Espionage Trial Questions Canada’s Spy Prosecution Skills

Cameron Ortis, former RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) intelligence director, will face trial in Ottawa for allegedly leaking classified information, marking Canada’s first trial under the current Security of Information Act. His 2019 arrest spotlighted concerns about RCMP’s vetting processes. Facing six charges, including four for unauthorized information sharing, the trial’s significance lies in Canada’s […]

India Proposes National Data Management Office; Draft Digital Bill Unveiled

India’s draft Bill proposes a National Data Management Office to regulate and standardize data across government departments. However, advocacy groups express concerns over citizen data security.  India, the world’s second-largest internet market, is moving to manage its vast data resources. A draft Digital India Bill reveals plans for a National Data Management Office. This entity, […]

Ex-Intelligence Chief Ratcliffe Urges Reform Amid CIA Partisanship Claims

Former Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, urged reforms in U.S. intelligence agencies, citing infiltration by political partisans and unwarranted surveillance of citizens. He referenced allegations of the CIA pressuring analysts over the coronavirus’s origins and criticized the agency’s dominant role in intelligence. Ratcliffe advocates for transparency, significant reforms, and principled leadership to restore trust […]

FBI Seeks $53M More for Immigrant DNA Database, Raising Civil Liberties Concerns

The FBI’s additional $53 million funding request for the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) has heightened privacy concerns, following the Trump administration’s extensive DNA collection from migrants. This surge, criticized as a strategy to boost government surveillance, has seen a tenfold increase in CODIS profiles, with further growth anticipated. Despite potential misuse of sensitive personal […]

Australian Government Releases Draft Digital ID Bill for Public Consultation”

The Australian government initiated a public consultation for a proposed Digital ID Bill, aiming to expand the existing digital identity system to include private sectors. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will act as the interim regulator. The legislation, building on the Trusted Digital Identity Framework, is targeted for mid-next year. This significant development, […]

Taliban Plans Mass Surveillance Network; Consults Huawei, Utilizes US Blueprint”

The Taliban are working on a large-scale camera surveillance network in Afghan cities, potentially utilizing a pre-2021 US plan, and have held preliminary discussions with Huawei, raising concerns. Rights groups fear the system could target civil society and violate rights, amid reports of journalist detentions, Reuters reported.  The Taliban are developing a large-scale camera surveillance […]