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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: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/18/technology/clearview-privacy-facial-recognition.html
Info on how to do your own Data Subject Access Request: https://privacyinternational.org/explainer/3845/71-tips-how-make-most-out-your-dsar
Find more from Ann Cavoukian: https://gpsbydesign.org/
Find out more about the ACLU's legal challenge in Illinois: https://www.aclu.org/press-releases/aclu-sues-clearview-ai
Find out more about Robert Julian-Borchack William's case: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/24/882683463/the-computer-got-it-wrong-how-facial-recognition-led-to-a-false-arrest-in-michig
Read more from Riccardo on facial recognition [italian]: https://www.vice.com/it/article/g5p83w/riconoscimento-facciale-in-italia
Find out more about Pimeyes and Daniel's research at Netzpolitik: https://netzpolitik.org/2020/pimeyes-face-search-company-is-abolishing-our-anonymity/
|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: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3366/womens-aid-and-privacy-international-launch-digital-information-cards-help-women; you can also find out more at women's aid's website: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/cover-your-tracks-online/
Find out more about our court victory here: https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/4359/victory-high-court-against-governments-use-general-warrants
Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental health Foundation: https://privacyinternational.org/video/4279/podcast-your-mental-health-sale
Tom and immunity passports: https://privacyinternational.org/video/4072/podcast-immunity-passports
Lucy and low cost tech: https://privacyinternational.org/video/3785/podcast-low-cost-tech
Lucy and marketing and maternity: https://privacyinternational.org/video/3787/podcast-marketing-and-maternity
Eva and smart cities: https://privacyinternational.org/video/4250/smart-whom-tale-smarter-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: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
If you're worried about your mental health and want to try the NHS's mood self-assesment you can find it here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mood-self-assessment/
Read our work on mental health here: https://privacyinternational.org/campaigns/your-mental-health-sale
|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: https://privacyinternational.org/learn/smart-cities
About Ellie's work here: https://www.urbaninnovationandpolicy.net/ellie-cosgrave
About Lakshmi's work here: https://aru.ac.uk/people/lakshmi-priya-rajendran
And Rob's work here: http://www.kitchin.org/
And you can support PI's work here: support.privacyinternational.org
|Oct 23, 2020|
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?
And make sure we can keep taking these fights to court: support.privacyinternational.org
|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|
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|
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.
How to minimise targeted ads: privacyinternational.org/act/minimise-targeted-ads
Protect yourself from online tracking: privacyinternational.org/act/protect-yourself-online-tracking
Social media account settings: privacyinternational.org/act/protect-yourself-social-media-monitoring
Our Onion address: privacyintyqcroe.onion
3:24 - reasons to delete apps you’re not using
6:18 - 4 things you should do first
6:37 - Updates
11:40 - Has your data been breached? haveibeenpwned.com/
12:56 - Backups
19:05 - Apps
20:52 - Firewalls
Clamwin - clamwin.com
28:45 - When is too old too old
31:12 - iPhone
Better Blocker - better.fyi
36:27 - Android
40:29 - Social Media
Facebook TOR address: facebookcorewwwi.onion
45:20 - Twitter
MicahFlee - delete your tweets: micahflee.com/2019/06/semiphemeral-automatically-delete-your-old-tweets-except-for-the-ones-you-want-to-keep/
Social media monitoring by local authorities - privacyinternational.org/long-read/3586/when-local-authorities-arent-your-friends
49:40 - Email
51:35 - Desktops
51:50 - Windows
CCleaner - ccleaner.com/
WinDirStat - windirstat.net/
55:42 - Mac OS
Little snitch - obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html
58:20 - Linux
Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) - linux.com/training-tutorials/introduction-uncomplicated-firewall-ufw/
Firewall D - firewalld.org/
Veracrypt - veracrypt.fr/en/Introduction.html
|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: pvcy.org/notwatch
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: http://hakinasheria.org/
Find out more about double registration in Keren's piece "In Kenya, thousands left in limbo without ID cards" in CodaStory: https://www.codastory.com/authoritarian-tech/kenya-biometrics-double-registration/
Find out more about the Huduma Namba case on our website: https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/3350/why-huduma-namba-ruling-matters-future-digital-id-and-not-just-kenya
|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: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/
EFF Attending a protest tool: https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/attending-protest
Netpol - know your rights: https://netpol.org/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: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3792/covid-contact-tracing-apps-are-complicated-mess-what-you-need-know and all the latest news in our tracker https://privacyinternational.org/examples/tracking-global-response-covid-19
|May 22, 2020|
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: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3675/theres-app-coronavirus-apps and keep an eye on the global responses: https://privacyinternational.org/examples/tracking-global-response-covid-19
Music by Glass boy - licensed under creative commons
|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: https://privacyinternational.org/examples/tracking-global-response-covid-19
Fighting the global Covid-19 power grab: https://privacyinternational.org/campaigns/fighting-global-covid-19-power-grab
|Apr 24, 2020|
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: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Simon_Mathewson
|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|
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?
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: pvcy.org/soundcloudpet
|Feb 10, 2020|