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MI5 Lied...for years: a win for privacy

In January 2023, the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal handed down a landmark judgment. The Tribunal held that there were “very serious failings” at the highest levels of MI5 - the UK's domestic intelligence agency - to comply with privacy safeguards from as early as 2014, and that successive Home Secretaries did not to enquire into or resolve these long-standing rule-breaking despite obvious red flags.

In this episode, we talk to Meg Goulding, a lawyer at the UK-based campaigning organisation, Liberty, who was a solicitor instructed on the case, and Nour Haidar, a lawyer and member of the legal team at PI to discuss what this ruling actually means for the ongoing fight against mass surveillance.

The way our data was handled by MI5 amounts to a significant intrusion into potentially millions of people’s fundamental right to privacy. This case was a critical mechanism of holding MI5 accountable for failing to handle the data they hold in a lawful manner. Agencies tasked with protecting national security process huge amounts of sensitive information. Due to the nature of their work, their operations can’t be subjected to the same levels of scrutiny and transparency that we can demand of other government institutions, yet they are not above the law. That is why this case is so important: it is one of the only tools we have to ensure that our right to privacy is respected by the UK intelligence agencies.


- PI's Case page for Liberty and PI v Security Service and Secretary of State for the Home Department IPT/20/01/CH

- PI's Q&A explaining the judgment

- Liberty's case page

- PI's Long-read explaining arguments in the case, including key disclosure

- Home Secretary statement "as compliant as possible"

Mar 03, 2023
Producing Real Change: Our 2022

This week we're having our own little christmas party, discussing things we've achieved throughout 2022. 

Read more about the things we've achieved throughout the year, and donate to PI as much or as little as you can afford.


As ever, with a huge thank you to Sepia! 

dj997 via freesound

acclivity via freesound

Marta Tsvettsikh via freesound


Sky News

Dec 23, 2022
How to Investigate Digital Forensics: Speaking to the UK's Former Forensics Regulator

This week we speak  to Gillian Tully, the UK’s former forensic regulator about the  importance and challenges that come with trying to ensure that forensic  evidence submitted in court is of a high quality.


More about Gillian Tully:

Original Phone Extraction podcast:

GOS tag complaint: Challenge to systemic quality failures of GPS tags submitted to Forensic Science Regulator

Why Forensics Matter: Immigration officers and the quality of evidence in the UK:

Push This Button For Evidence: Digital Forensics:

Police Linked to Hacking Campaign to Frame Indian Activists:

Unpacking the evidence elasticity of digital traces:

Forensic science and the criminal justice system: a blueprint for change (House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee report):

NIST Computer Forensics Tool Testing Program (CFTT)

Post Office Horizon scandal:

With my fridge as my witness?!

Dec 16, 2022
Corporate Power with Cory Doctorow

This week we're talking to Cory Doctorow about his new book Chokepoint Capitalism - coauthored with Rebecca Giblin, his as yet unpublished next book The Internet Con: How to Seize the Means of Computation, and how corporate power is shaping our rights.

Quick corrections! 

- GDPR compensation is in theory possible through court action:

- GDPR Article 80(2) not Section 20 something as I stated! 


- Cory's website:

- Chokepoint Capitalism coauthored with Rebecca Giblin:

- Giphy and Meta:

- Chokepoint Capitalism: the audiobook:

- How to leave dying social media platforms (without losing your friends):

- Cory on Mastodon: and

- PI on Mastodon:

- Crad Kilodney documentary:

- Algorithms Exposed: or

- Bush V Gore election scandal:

- Goldacre report:

- Amazon and NHS:

- Rida Qadri: and some of her writing on tuyul apps:

- Oh for fuck's sake, not this fucking bullshit again :

- Dan Kaminsky's work on Colour blindness:

- How to get the most out of your Data Subject Access Request:

Dec 09, 2022
EdTech needs Schooling

This week we're talking about Education Technology: what is it? Why are  schools using it? Is it safe? How can we make sure that children aren't  being asked to sacrifice their right to privacy in order to access  their right to an education?


- Read more of our work on EdTech:

- Find out more about Google Classroom in Denmark:

- Taser drones:

- We're tracking the use of EdTech around the world, you can find out more here:

Nov 17, 2022
Got PimEyes on you

This week we speak to Sebastian Meineck, a journalist from Netzpolitik about PimEyes, a free(ish) face search engine similar to Clearview, but for public consumption. 

Please note this podcast was recorded before Sebastian and Netzpolitik were able to talk to PimEyes CEO Gobronidze in person. You can read that interview here:


Find more of Sebastian's work here:

More of Netzpolitik's work on PimEyes here:

Read more of PI's work on facial recognition:

And our work on Clearview:

Sep 23, 2022
Maternal Health and Family Planning in the Middle East: Gender and Power

In this episode, Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion, our Director of  Strategy, speaks to Nour El Arnaout, from the Global Health Institute,  American University of Beirut, Lebanon and Yousef Khader, from the  Global Health Development, Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network  and the Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and  Technology, Jordan, about digital health in the Middle East and North Africa and in particular digital maternal health and family planning  initiatives they are working on, the impact of gender inequality, and  the risks involved.

Nour El Arnaout is a division manager at the Global Health Insitute at the American University of Beirut, where she also co-ordinates the Institutes's  E-Sahha programme focussed on e-health and digital  health. She has more than 7 years experience in projects and programmes  management, operational management and research, and leads the  implementation of large scale field based projects in underserved communities in Lebanon including refugee settlements. She is working on a project called: The Gamification, Artificial Intelligence and mHealth Network for Maternal Health Improvement.

Yousef Khaderb is a professor of Epidemiology and biostatistics at the Faculty of Medicine at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, he is a fellow for public health at the royal college of physicians UK through distinction and has published more than 650 scientific papers in highly reputable journals. He is working on a project called: Governing Digital Personal Data to Strengthen Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Services Delivery in Fragile Settings in Palestine and Jordan.

Both projects are funded by IDRC:


- Read more from Yousef and Nour about their projects, and gender and power in maternal health:

- Read more about Nour's project:

- You can read more from Yousef in the below papers which he contributed to:

        - Midwives and women's perspectives on family planning in Jordan: human rights, gender equity, decision-making and power dynamics:

        - Perceptions Toward the Use of Digital Technology for Enhancing Family Planning Services: Focus Group Discussion With Beneficiaries and Key Informative Interview With Midwives:

        - Do modern family planning methods impact women's quality of life? Jordanian women's perspective:

Aug 05, 2022
Talking to People about Privacy

This week we talk to Ina Sander from Cardiff University about how to talk to people about  privacy, drawing on her research looking at how to teach 'critical data  literacy' in schools.   

You can find a resource for teachers we've been working with Ina on here:  

You can read more about critical data literacy here:  

You can find the database of resources for teaching about big data and algorithmic systems Ina mentions here:  

You can find PI's guides to help you and your loved ones protect yourselves online:

Jun 10, 2022
The EU, the Sahel and the Externalisation of Surveillance

While being the world’s largest provider of aid, Europe also exports  surveillance around the world by training police, providing surveillance  techand building widescale databases. While the benefits for European arms and security companies is clear, how this helps those it’s supposed to is less obvious.

We sat down with investigative journalist Giacomo to talk more about  the impact of this financial flow to security forces and surveillance.


Giacomo’s report on Europe’s Shady Funds to Border Forces in the Sahel

Giacomo’s report on The European Chase for Saharan Smugglers

Privacy International’s disclosures on the EU’s surveillance aid

You can follow Giacomo at @giacomo_zando

Jun 03, 2022
Surveillance: Made in Italy and sold around the world

Hundreds of  companies around the world which develop and sell surveillance tech used  to spy on people, making everything from malware used by governments to  hack into phones to mass internet surveillance tools to monitor nationwide internet traffic. Italy is one of the main producers.

We spoke to investigative journalists Lorenzo and Riccardo from IRPI Media who have been digging into these companies.


You can check out IRPI Media at

Their series on surveillance (in Italian) is at

Their report on Med-Or (in English) is at

Their report on Cy4Gate (in English) is at

May 27, 2022
Violence at the EU’s borders: Tech and surveillance in Europe’s Human Rights Crisis

The migration crisis in 2015 brutally exposed the divisions in Europe. People who fled  war and make it to Europe are being met with violence and intrusive  surveillance at the border at the hands of state authorities.

We sat down with Natalie & Sergio from the Border Violence Monitoring Network to learn more about the situation at Europe’s borders.

This is the first episode in our Border Surveillance series. Join us next week for Surveillance: Made in Italy and sold around the world.


Josoor International Solidarity’s website is at

No Name Kitchen’s website

Border Violence Monitoring Network’s Website is at

Their reports documenting violence and trends in Greece and the Balkans route are at

Lighthouse Report’s investigations on pushbacks in the Aegean are available at

Privacy Internationa’s disclosures on the EU’s surveillance aid

May 20, 2022
Upcoming: Border Surveillance

This is a brief programming note. The next three weeks we'll be releasing episodes of a new mini-series looking at how surveillance is  spreading around the world, driven by Europe’s war on migration and a  complex web of surveillance and arms companies. Join Edin, PI's advocacy director, and some fascinating guests every Friday for the next three weeks for: Border Surveillance. 

Then we'll be back to our Technology Pill episodes. Enjoy!

May 18, 2022
Corporate Spies Gone Wild

This week talk to Franz Wild from the Bureau of Investigative Journalists to discuss how the UK became a haven for the private intelligence industry and how corporate spies have been allowed to run wild.


The Enablers by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism:

PI’s report:

Submit your podcast questions:

Sign up to our mailing list:

May 06, 2022
Not Fine: A Clearview Update
Apr 15, 2022
NSO Group: Civil society's battle against government hacking

This week we're taking a look at NSO Group - a tech firm that sells a hacking capability to governments around the world - and government hacking more generally. 


- Edin mentioned 'a journalist and her son' being targeted; their names are Carmen and Emilio Aristegui. You can find out more about people targeted in Mexico by a government buyer of NSO Group tech:

- Keep up to date with ongoing litigation against NSO Group around the globe here:

- Read our report, together with Amnesty International and SOMO, on NSO Group's corporate structure here:

- Find more examples of harm involving NSO group here:

- As revelations about the abuses of NSO Group's spyware continue, we took a look at what is being done around the world to challenge the surveillance tech industry and the powers they sell, see our call for a multi-pronged approach here: Taming Pegasus: A Way Forward on Surveillance Tech Proliferation

- See how hacking can be used at a protest and how you can minimise risks to your data here:

- Government hacking poses unique and grave threats to our privacy and security, here are our recommendations for necesssary safeguards around government hacking:

- Q&A: PI case - UK High Court judgment on general warrants and government hacking explained:

Mar 22, 2022
Update: Marketing, Maternity, and the data supply chain

In 2020, two weeks before the UK headed into the first nationwide lockdown, we published a podcast about a marketing company being given access to hospital maternity wards. Now, almost 2 years to the day, we're coming back to you with an update about how companies operating data broking services, as Bounty did, are causing headaches for brands using personal data for targeted advertising.


More information about how Bounty illegally exploited the data of 14 million mothers and babies:

Sign up to our corporate exploitation email list to find out more about our work on brands and the advertising supply chain:

Original podcast:


Orginally Recorded 12th March 2020. 

We can’t believe we’re having to say this, but the hours after giving birth are private. If you’re a parent, you may have heard of Bounty, a  sales and marketing company allowed access to hospital maternity wards and approach women who have just given birth. This doesn’t happen on any other hospital ward. Can you imagine coming round from major surgery to find a stranger trying to sell you stuff? The physical invasion of  privacy is bad enough, but delving into the company’s relationship with you and your baby’s personal data reveals some surprises.

Mar 04, 2022
2021: Looking back

This episode we look back at the predictions we made about 2021, What turned out to be true? What turned out better than we could have hoped? What turned out worse? 


Our predictions from 2021:

Clearview UK provisional fine:

Clearview legal trouble in France:

Clearview investments:

TRIPS waiver:

Travel podcast:

Patent-free vaccine:

Mental health podcast:

David works for the Mental Health Foundation:

Google unionise:

The 'Great Resignation':

PI has been working with two unions on our managed by bots campaign:

Complicated history of plagues and workers:

Indian National Education Plan:

Ugandan Election:

Crypto mining trouble:

US commitment to reduce methane:

Cop26 commitments:

Apple's valuation:

Facebook value drop:

The Metaverse:

Predictions for 2022:

Feb 04, 2022
2022: Looking forward
Feb 04, 2022
Christmas Present Privacy

Merry Christmas. We hope you enjoy your day tomorrow. This week we're bringing you tips for how to spot and deal with things that worry you about the gifts you or your kids may recieve tomorrow.


Donate to PI and get your facemask:

Mozilla's *privacy not included project:

US PIRG's Trouble in Toyland:

Roomba home maps: and concerns from 2017 about Roomba sharing that information:

ICO advice:

Our guides for protecting yourself from online tracking:

Our Amazon Ring report "One Ring to Watch Them All"

Find out more about our legal work:

Extra audio credit details in order of appearance:
acclivity (sleigh bells)

dj997 (additional bells)

Marta Tsvettsikh (fire sound)

waxsocks (ding dong merrily)

bilwiss (music box/silent night)

Dec 24, 2021
Tech Research: includes a free gift

Today we're launching our Data Interception Environment for everyone to use. We've used it to research everything from low cost phones, to menstruation apps, and now we’re making it available so that you can do your own research on how your apps use your data.


You can read more about the DIE, including some of the research we've done that's used it here:

You can find our work about apps sharing data with Facebook here:

You can download the DIE to have a go with it yourself here:

Dec 17, 2021
Victory! A Clearview update: some (provisionally) good news from the UK

The ICO has provisionally issued a £17 million fine against facial recognition company Clearview AI


Read more about the ICO's provisional decision here:

Support our work here:

You can find out more about Clearview by listening to our podcast: The end of privacy? The spread of facial recognition

Dec 03, 2021
Unhealthy diet of targeted ads

This week we talk to Daniel Magson, who has been campaigning to stop diet ad companies from targeting people with eating disorders, and Eva Blum-Dumontet, who wrote PI's recent report on the data collected by diet companies.


Daniel's petition:

PI's diet ads report:

More information on Instagram, targeted ads, and Frances Haugen - the Facebook whistleblower:

Nov 26, 2021
Covid and Tech: A view from Colombia

This week we talk to Juan Diego from Fundación Karisma - one of our  partners based in Colombia - about the use of technology in the response to the Covid pandemic and their report "Useless and Dangerous: A Critical Exploration of Covid Applications and Their Human Rights Impacts in Colombia".  

You can find out more from Karisma here:  

You can read the report here:

Nov 12, 2021
Humanitarian data after Afghanistan

This week we talk to Massimo Marelli, Head of the Data Protection Office at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to discuss the use of data by humanitarian organisations in light of the serious concerns around data left behind in the US's withdrawal from Afghanistan and the risks presented by humanitarian agencies' increasing collection and use of data. 


Find out more about PI's work with and on humanitarian organisations uses of data here:

Read more about the Humanitarian Metadata Problem in our report on doing no harm in the digital age co-authored with the ICRC here: 

And you can learn more about the history of development and humanitarian donors and agencies rush to adopt new technologies that threaten the right to privacy - in out Aiding Surveillance report from 2013:

You can find more from Massimo and his work at the ICRC here:

And you can read the ICRC's Handbook on data protection in humanitarian action here:

You can join the ICRC's 'Digitharium' - a global forum to discuss and debate digital transformation within the  humanitarian sector, with a focus on humanitarian protection, policy, ethics and action here:

You can sign up to learn more about working in data protection at humanitarian organisations here: 

Oct 29, 2021
Rebroadcast: Your mental health for sale?

In honour of Mental Health Awareness Day in the UK we're bringing back this episode from last year.

We talk to Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental Health Foundation to find out what happens to your data when you visit a mental health website? How can technology help people dealing with a mental health issue? And what can happen when things go wrong?

Find out more about the Mental Health Foundation here:

If you're worried about your mental health and want to try the NHS's mood self-assesment you can find it here:

Read our work on mental health here:

Oct 15, 2021
Cargo planes, Trains, and Automobiles

This week we take a look at travel during the pandemic - we chat to staff about where they've been, what it was like, and most importantly: how they got there. 

Oct 01, 2021
Summer Reading

This week we come back from our break to chat to PI staff about what we've been reading or plan to read this summer.


Lucie's recommedations
- A history of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russel
- John le Carré
- La Horde du Contrevent by Alan Damasio
- The Right to Choose by Gisèle Halimi

Clara's recommendations
- Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
- Republic of Lies by Anna Merlan
- Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace

Millie's recommendations - you might recognise Millie's voice from our Phone Extraction podcast
- Cack-Handed: A Memoir by Gina Yashere
- Man search for meaning by Viktor Frankl
- Emma Barnet (mention)
- Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
- Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead? by Malcom Gladwell, Matt Ridley, Steven Pinker, and Alain de Botton

Laura's recommendations
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- On Earth we're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens
- A World for Julius by Alfredo Bryce

Sep 17, 2021
Evading facial recognition

This week we’re talking to Andreea Belu - Campaigns and Communications Manager at EDRi - about evading facial recognition. We talk about our European Citizen's Iniative to ban facial recognition and how hard it is to guarantee that tools built to allow people to evade facial recognition will actually work. 


- You can find out more about the ECI here: (If you're a European Citizen you can even sign it!) 

- You can find EDRi's masks (and their masks for MEP programme) here: and you can find out more about the project here: 

- You can take the Paper Bag Society challenge on mosts social media platforms - check out the #PaperBagSociety hashtag to find out more 

- Watch this space (or sign up for our email at to find out more about how you can get a mask from PI

 - The podcast survey is here: 

- You can find our Spotter's Guide to Facial Recognition here:

Jul 25, 2021
Covid and tech: a view from India

This week we speak to Pallavi Bedi, Senior Policy Officer at the Centre for Internet and Society in India, about the technology being used in India to co-ordinate vaccine distribution and the response to the pandemic.


You can find the Co-win vaccination website here:

You can support PI at and you can find out more about the Centre for Internet and Society at

CIS also have a podcast, it’s called In flux and you can find it on all your favourite podcast apps and at

Like and subscribe to the podcast on which ever platform you use. It’s also available on our website at

Jul 09, 2021
Covid: Where have we been? Where are we now?

This week we discuss our experience of Covid so far, where we've been, where we are, and where we're going.


- Locked down, our recommedations podcast:

- Schools and Covid:

- Proctoring software and racism:

- Covid contact tracing apps:

 - Trump and airborne Covid:

- Shin Bet and communications data:

- Netenyahu, covid, and microchipping children:

- Android, covid tracing, and the log:

- Google and pre-installed apps:

- Vaccine passports:

- Covid vaccine trial and vaccine passports:

Jun 18, 2021
Biometrics domination under the pretext of combating terrorism

Biometric data collection and use in the name of countering terrorism has been accelerating around the globe, often abusively, without being effectively regulated or subject to accountability mechanisms

This week we talk to Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights & Counter-Terrorism, Nina Dewi Toft Djanegara about biometrics in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Keren Weitzberg about uses in Somalia and Palestine.


- Read more about uses in Iraq and Afghanistan -

- Read more about uses in Somalia -

- Read more about uses in Israel/Palenstine -

Jun 04, 2021
The fight back with Edward Snowden

This week we’re passing the podcast over to Edward Snowden. We found out this week that the judgement in our case at the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK’s mass surveillance programme of bulk interception, and the UK’s access to information gathered via bulk surveillance by the USA is coming very soon - on the 25 May. 

It’s been a long road, starting at the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal in 2013, but this case would have happened without Ed’s revelations, which revealed the extent of those surveillance programmes. Which is why (around a year ago now) we sat down with him to talk about this case, mass surveillance and what we can do to fight back.

Find out more about the case here:

And support PI here:

May 21, 2021
A eulogy to Yahoo Answers

On Tuesday, we said goodbye to Yahoo Answers in the appropriate spirit - by answering questions from the Computers and Internet section of Yahoo.


- Listen to Love Letter and find more from Sepia on Soundcloud: (he's also on most other music platforms!)

- Find out more about Dark Patterns:

- The Electronic Freedome Foundation on what comes after cookies:

- WHO on COVID vaccine safety:

- COVID and social change - our thoughts from earlier in the pandemic:

- Our podcast on immunity passports:

- Workplace surveillance and Covid-19:

- Resources on staying safe digitally from control and abuse:

- Google's policy on "stalkerware":

- Listen to the Voyager Golden Record on Nasa's soundcloud page 

         - Greetings to the Universe here:

         - Sounds of Earth here:

- Find out more about Ann Druyan's brain waves here:

- Find out more about Ann Druyan falling in love by listening to this RadioLab podcast: 

- Our work on pre-installed apps (and other issues with low-cost phones):

- Our podcast on General Warrants:

- Our survey:

May 07, 2021
A spotter's guide to facial recognition

This week we talk about the different kinds of facial recognition and which you might see where. We also chat about the Facebook leak of 553million records.

Remember: sign our ECI!

And you can find our survey here:


Facebook Leak

- Facebook Leak:

- Mark Zuckerburg on signal?:

- Irish DPA investigation:

- EU implications of the Facebook leak:

- Facebook use of 2FA:

- The second cache of phone numbers found by Motherboard:

Facial Recognition Links

* Proctorio and recognising black people'sfaces:

* Public order offence for avoiding facial recognition:

* Kings cross facial recognition:

* Function creep in a largely jewish community in Belgium [in Flemish]

* Categorisation systems for telling if you're gay: 

Apr 16, 2021
Spring Cleaning (rebroadcast)

This week we're rebroadcasting a coversation we had last year with PI's Tech Co-ordination Groups, bringing you tips and tricks about how to start cleaning up and securing your phone or computer. Please note - Whatsapp does now offer disappearing messages.

Episode notes 

Useful info

Tech pill survey:

How to minimise targeted ads:

Protect yourself from online tracking: 

Social media account settings: 

Our Onion address: privacyintyqcroe.onion

Episode Info

6:06 - reasons to delete apps you’re not using

8:00 - 4 things you should do first

8:19 - Updates

9:41 - Password managers Keepass, 1password, Lastpass

13:22 - Has your data been breached?

14:38 - Backups

20:47 - Apps

22:34 - Firewalls

Netguard - 

Clamwin - 

30:27 - When is too old too old

32:54 - iPhone

Better Blocker - 

38:09 - Android

42:11 - Social Media

42:11 Facebook/instagram

Facebook TOR address: facebookcorewwwi.onion 

Zynga hack: 

47:02 - Twitter

MicahFlee - delete your tweets: 

Social media monitoring by local authorities - 

51:22 - Email

53:17 - Desktops

53:32 - Windows

CCleaner -

WinDirStat -

57:24 - Mac OS

Little snitch -

1:00:02 - Linux

Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) -

Firewall D -

1:03:22 Encryption

Veracrypt - 

Bitlocker -

Apr 02, 2021
Big Brother pays your benefits: We read 995 pages on how to surveil people so you don't have to

Content warning: this episode includes some disturbing stories of people  who have died after having their benefits cut or withdrawn by the UK  Department of Work and Pensions 

This week we're looking at the ways in which the UK Department of Work  and Pensions surveil benefit recipients.


You can find out more about the DWP's surveillance here:  

You can find out more about the DWP's alogrithims here:    

You can find out more about each of the cases of people who died after their benefits withdrawn below.

Errol Graham: 

The 5,000: 

Jodey Whiting: 

Phillipa Day: 

David Clapson:

If you're having problems navigating the UK's benefits system Citizen's Advice is a good place to go for help and support:

Mar 19, 2021
What does your face say about you? Phrenology, physiognomy and society

This week we're joined by Dr Courtney Thompson to discuss the history of phrenology and physiognomy and their relationship to modern technologies and culture. 


- Find more of Dr Thompson's work and her book 'An Organ of Murder: Crime, Violence, and Phrenology in Nineteenth-Century America':

- Or you can find her on twitter at:

- You can see the 'Good and Bad heads' picture in her article 'Rediscovering “Good” and “Bad” Heads in the Phrenological Present' here:

- Find out more about Physogs and Photofit in Courtney's article in Endeavour:

- You can listen to our podcast on Facial Recognition here:

- And you can support Privacy International here:

Mar 05, 2021
Are you paranoid?

We hear that we're paranoid a lot - but what is paranoia? What does it mean to be paranoid? And is it all bad? We spoke to Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental Health Foundation to find out. 


- Learn more about mental health at the mental health foundation's website:

- Learn more about PI's work at:

- You can listen to our first episode with David about tracking on mental health websites here:

Feb 19, 2021
General warrants: Victory at the UK High Court and 250 year old law

General warrants have been used to authorise wide-ranging property interference and certain forms of computer hacking of large numbers of devices - such as “all mobile phones used by a member of a criminal gang”, without specifying the names or locations of the members.

But no longer - the UK High Court has held that the security and intelligence services cannot rely on these warrants, referring back to cases from the 18th century. 

Find out more:

Feb 05, 2021
Data exploitation in reproductive healthcare in Chile

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Paz Peña, an  independent consultant based in Chile, about data exploitation in sexual and reproductive healthcare in the country.

Jan 25, 2021
Trans identity in the Philippines

We've recently released a report looking at the impact of ID systems on transgender people in Argentina, France and the Philippines. To celebrate we're re-releasing this podcast from our archive. It was recorded in 2018 when Eva met two transgender rights activists - Naomi Fontanos and AR Arcon to discuss what the right to privacy means to them and their fight against the government's plan to deploy an ID card system.

Our report in English:

Our report in Spanish:

Jan 22, 2021
The end of privacy? The spread of facial recognition

A year ago on Monday the New York Times published an article, by a fantastic tech journalist called Kashmir Hill, about a facial recognition company called Clearview AI called 'The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It' . 

This episode we talk to a range of experts and journalist about who are Clearview? What are they doing? Why is their business model so problematic? And is the problem Clearview specific? Or is systemic?


The original article:

Info on how to do your own Data Subject Access Request: 

And the template from the ICO:

Find more from Ann Cavoukian:

Find out more about the ACLU's legal challenge in Illinois:

Find out more about Robert Julian-Borchack William's case:

Read more from Riccardo on facial recognition [italian]: 

Find out more about Pimeyes and Daniel's research at Netzpolitik:

Jan 15, 2021
2021: What can we expect?

We give you the run down on the things we expect and are excited for and sometimes apprehensive of in 2021 and give you the lowdown on what's written in your stars for the coming year.


If you're worried about your devices and a controlling partner:; you can also find out more at women's aid's website:

Find out more about our court victory here:

Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental health Foundation:

Tom and immunity passports:

Lucy and low cost tech:

Lucy and marketing and maternity:

Eva and smart cities:

Jan 09, 2021
Data exploitation in reproductive healthcare in Kenya

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Nerima Were, who is the Program Manager on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights from  KELIN. The Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS  (KELIN) focuses on creating country-based networks that intersect law, ethics, human rights, and HIV.

Dec 28, 2020
EU Exporting Surveillance

**Language advisory: Gus does several swearwords this episode including one f-word at 9:45

This week we talk to Edin, PI's Advocacy Director, about documents obtained by he spent a year working on obtaining, that detail how EU agencies ‘outsource’ border controls to neighbouring countries. From surveillance drones to cameras to wiretapping and more - the EU are providing technologies that will be used to crush political and civil freedoms and undermine democracy without urgent reforms.

Find out more: 

Dec 04, 2020
Data exploitation in reproductive healthcare in Peru

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Denisse Albornoz from Hiperderecho in Peru, which is Peruvian non-profit civil  association dedicated to research, facilitating public understanding and  promoting respect for rights and freedoms in digital environments.

Nov 23, 2020
Your mental health for sale?

We talk to Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental Health Foundation to find out what happens to your data when you visit a mental health website? How can technology help people dealing with a mental health issue? And what can happen when things go wrong?

Find out more about the Mental Health Foundation here:

If you're worried about your mental health and want to try the NHS's mood self-assesment you can find it here:

Read our work on mental health here:

Nov 06, 2020
Medically inaccurate reproductive health information at pregnancy resource centres in the US

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Dr. Andrea Swartzendruber about crisis pregnancy centres in the US. 

Dr. Andrea  Swartzendruber is the principal investigator for the Pregnancy Resource  Center Evaluation at Emory University's Center for Reproductive Health  Research in the Southeast. She is an assistant professor in the  Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of  Georgia College of Public Health and an adjunct professor at Emory  University Rollins School of Public Health. She has recently published  and presented research findings on pregnancy resource centers (also  known as crisis pregnancy centers) and sexual and reproductive health  services for adolescents in Georgia.

Oct 26, 2020
Smart for Whom? A tale of smarter cities

This week we talk to Dr Ellie Cosgrave - an Associate Professor at UCL, Dr Lakshmi Priya Rajendran - a Senior Research Fellow looking at future cities, and Dr Rob Kitchin - a Professor focussing on the relationship between technology, society, and space about what is a smart city? What do we want the cities of the future to look like? And what's the best way of making sure the future of our metropolitan public spaces is bright, not dystopian?

Find out more:

About PI's work on smart cities here:

About Ellie's work here:

About Lakshmi's work here:

And Rob's work here:

And you can support PI's work here:

Oct 23, 2020
Judgement Day

The European Union's top court rules that UK, French and Belgian mass surveillance regimes must respect privacy. But what does that mean for government's data collection schemes? And what does it take to fight a legal battle lasting years?

Find out more on our website:

And make sure we can keep taking these fights to court:

Oct 09, 2020
Data exploitation in reproductive rights in Indonesia

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Lintang Setianiti and Miftah Fadhli from the Institute for Policy  Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) in Indonesia about reproductive rights in  the country.

Sep 21, 2020
Data exploitation in reproductive healthcare in Argentina

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Maite Karstanje  and Nadia Ferrari from Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género  (ELA) in Argentina, which works with Latin American feminist  institutions to promote and defend human rights and gender justice in  the region, about reproductive rights in the country.

Aug 24, 2020
How misleading health info can spread from online discussions to policy and legislative debates

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Dr. Subasri Narasimhan and Dr. Dabney Evans from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in the US about their paper which documents how  misleading health information about reproductive health can flow into  policy and legislative debates. 

Jul 27, 2020
Immunity Passports

This week we talk to a whole host of guests, including María Paz Canales Executive Director of Derechos Digitales, about the issues with coronavirus immunity passports and whether the digital ID industry is capable of rising to the moment.

Jul 24, 2020
Spring Cleaning

This week we talk to PI's Tech Co-ordination Groups to bring you tips and tricks about how to start cleaning up and securing your phone or computer.

Episode notes

Useful info

How to minimise targeted ads:

Protect yourself from online tracking: 

Social media account settings: 

Our Onion address: privacyintyqcroe.onion 

Episode Info

3:24 - reasons to delete apps you’re not using 

6:18 - 4 things you should do first

6:37 - Updates 

7:59 - Password managers Keepass, 1password, Lastpass

11:40 - Has your data been breached?

12:56 - Backups 

19:05 - Apps

20:52 - Firewalls 

Netguard - 

Clamwin - 

28:45 - When is too old too old 

31:12 - iPhone 

Better Blocker - 

36:27 - Android 

40:29 - Social Media 

40:29 Facebook/instagram 

Facebook TOR address: facebookcorewwwi.onion 

Zynga hack: 

45:20 - Twitter 

MicahFlee - delete your tweets: 

Social media monitoring by local authorities - 

49:40 - Email 

51:35 - Desktops 

51:50 - Windows 

CCleaner - 

WinDirStat - 

55:42 - Mac OS 

Little snitch - 

58:20 - Linux 

Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) - 

Firewall D -

1:01:40 Encryption 

Veracrypt - 

Bitlocker -  

Jul 10, 2020
Google/Fitbit merger? Not on our watch

Why do Google want to buy Fitbit? What do they get out of it? And why should competition regulators be concerned?

Gus talks to two of PI's lawyers - Ailidh and Ioannis - to ask why we're telling the EU commission to block the merger.

Find out more and sign the petition at:

Music: Last Chance Saloon by Sepia

Jun 26, 2020
How opposition groups are using misinformation to delay people from accessing safe abortion care

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Ruth Taylor, the CEO of the UK-based charity Abortion Support Network about how  opposition groups are using misinformation to delay people from  accessing safe abortion care. 

Jun 22, 2020
The trouble with Identity in Kenya

From double registration to exclusion and discrimination - this week we talk to Yusuf Bashir, Executive Director of Haki na Sheria, and Keren Weitzberg, an academic from UCL, about the trouble with Identity in Kenya. 

You can find out more about Haki na Sheria here:

Find out more about double registration in Keren's piece "In Kenya, thousands left in limbo without ID cards" in CodaStory:

Find out more about the Huduma Namba case on our website:

Jun 12, 2020
Protest surveillance: before, during, and after

With huge numbers of people out on the streets standing up for their rights in the US and Hong Kong, and around the world - we take a look at  the surveillance tools police and security forces round the world have been using to monitor people as they exercise their civil rights.

Given everything that's happening at the moment around the world, we've decided to postpone our episode on ID in Kenya until next week.

Some of the resources we mentioned in the episode can be found here:

ACLU: know your rights:

EFF Attending a protest tool:

Netpol - know your rights:


Jun 05, 2020
Is there an app for Covid-19?

A quick catch-up on the state of play of apps round the world - though we end up mostly discussing India and the UK - and we celebrate a very special birthday.

You can find a much deeper and more detailed look at the various questions and concerns around coronavirus apps on our website: and all the latest news in our tracker

May 22, 2020
Covid-19 news

This week Gus chats with Edin, PI's Advocacy Director, about the latest Covid-19 news and the trends we're seeing around the world. 

Find out more about coronavirus apps around the world: and keep an eye on the global responses:

Music by Glass boy - licensed under creative commons
Find more from them here:

May 08, 2020
Reproductive rights and privacy in India

PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Tasneem Mewa and Ambika Tandon from the Center for Internet and Society about data  exploitation in reproductive rights in India.

May 04, 2020
Announcement: New mini-series

We're happy to announce, we're launching a new mini-series! 

Every last monday of each month we'll be releasing a new podcast - focusing on reproductive rights and privacy across the world, from Indonesia to  Chile to Kenya and more.

Apr 27, 2020
Covid-19: the global response

Tech companies, governments, and international agencies have all announced measures to help contain the spread of the COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus. Unprecedented levels of surveillance, data exploitation, and misinformation are being tested across the world.

Many of those measures are based on extraordinary powers, only to be used temporarily in emergencies. Others use exemptions in data protection laws to share data. Some may be effective and based on advice from epidemiologists, others will not be.

But all of them must be temporary, necessary, and proportionate.

Tracking the global response to Covid-19:

Fighting the global Covid-19 power grab:

Apr 24, 2020
Locked down

This week: it's a weird one - rather than our normal look at technology, we've got recommendations for movies and games you might enjoy while you're locked down. 

Music by Simon Mathewson, you can find more from him here: 

Recommendations include:

  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Legally Blonde
  • S-Club Seeing Double
  • Snowpiercer 
  • Broforce
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Hidden in plain site
  • Don't starve
Apr 10, 2020
Marketing and Maternity

Recorded 12th March. 

We can’t believe we’re having to say this, but the hours after giving  birth are private. If you’re a parent, you may have heard of Bounty, a  sales and marketing company allowed access to hospital maternity wards and approach women who have just given birth. This doesn’t happen on any other hospital ward. Can you imagine coming round from major surgery to find a stranger trying to sell you stuff? The physical invasion of  privacy is bad enough, but delving into the company’s relationship with you and your baby’s personal data reveals some surprises.

Mar 27, 2020
Phone Extraction

You’re a witness or a victim or a suspect of a crime; or even just travelling going on holiday. Officials demand your phone, then disappear with it. What happened to your phone? What happened to your data? What will happen to you?

We all generate vast amounts of data using our mobile phones - more than most of us are aware of - and that data has become increasingly attractive to law enforcement agencies around the world, enabled by ‘extraction technologies’ supplied by companies like Cellebrite. But what can those agencies see, and what does that mean for us?

Find out more:

Music: Last chance saloon by Sepia

Photo by Antoine Beauvillain on Unsplash

Mar 10, 2020
Low Cost Tech

Find out why 53 organisations from all over the world  are telling Google it's time they take action on pre-installed apps  (bloatware).

Sign the petition:

Music by Glass Boy, find more of their work here:

Feb 10, 2020