Police should not have access to data from coronavirus contact tracing apps
by Joven Narwal, Adjunct Professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia on June 22, 2020 at 8:52 pm
Police departments have suggested using contact tracing approaches to track protesters, raising concerns about data and privacy.
Explainer: what does the law say about secret recordings and the public interest?
by Rick Sarre, Adjunct Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, University of South Australia on June 16, 2020 at 3:17 am
A patchwork of state and federal laws cover the surveillance of private conversation. But, in all cases, there is a "public interest" defence.
Watching the watchers: Police use of body cameras needs to be monitored
by Joven Narwal, Adjunct Professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia on June 14, 2020 at 12:27 pm
The use of body cameras by police forces raises questions about surveillance, privacy and regulation.
High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach
by Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Professor of Law, American University on June 12, 2020 at 12:15 pm
Police forces across the country now have access to surveillance technologies that were recently available only to national intelligence services. The digitization of bias and abuse of power followed.
Lockdown: crimes in the home are on the up – new measures are needed to alert the authorities
by Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Professor of Economics, University of Birmingham on June 10, 2020 at 9:39 am
A new approach to supporting victims of domestic violence and child maltreatment.
Smart cities can help us manage post-COVID life, but they’ll need trust as well as tech
by Sameer Hasija, Associate Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD on June 2, 2020 at 8:03 pm
Smart city solutions have proved handy for curbing the contagion, but recent experience has also shown how much they rely on public trust. And that in turn depends on transparency and robust safeguards
Are thermal cameras a magic bullet for COVID-19 fever detection? There’s not enough evidence to know
by Scott Adams, Postdoctoral Biomedical Engineering Researcher, Deakin University on May 27, 2020 at 6:41 am
Temperature-scanning systems are not always accurate at detecting fever, and raise a host of privacy concerns.
Coronavirus: drones used to enforce lockdown pose a real threat to our civil liberties
by Birgit Schippers, Visiting Research Fellow, Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast on May 26, 2020 at 1:16 pm
Police are using drones to enforce rules and surveil and intimidate people.
Coronavirus contact tracing poses serious threats to our privacy
by Aaron Mauro, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, Brock University on May 10, 2020 at 11:59 am
Contact tracing is being touted as essential to controlling the spread of COVID-19, but it comes with alarming concerns related to our rights to privacy.
Technology threatens human rights in the coronavirus fight
by Wendy H. Wong, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto on May 7, 2020 at 3:24 pm
As governments consider the use of surveillance technologies to trace and contain the spread of COVID-19, it is important to consider human rights in the implementation.
ANU will invigilate exams using remote software, and many students are unhappy
by Paul Haskell-Dowland, Associate Dean (Computing and Security), Edith Cowan University on April 24, 2020 at 5:56 am
The Australian National University is turning to digital proctoring to replace the role of a walking invigilator. But who watches the proctor, what are the risks, and what data will be collected?
Is the government’s coronavirus app a risk to privacy?
by Rick Sarre, Adjunct Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, University of South Australia on April 21, 2020 at 4:03 am
Providing the relevant safeguards are in place, there should be no particular threat to Australians’ privacy.
We don’t know what we’ve got till it’s gone – we must reclaim public space lost to the coronavirus crisis
by Kurt Iveson, Associate Professor of Urban Geography and Research Lead, Sydney Policy Lab, University of Sydney on April 15, 2020 at 7:35 pm
Current restrictions remind us of the value of access to public space and one another. Yet even before COVID-19 some people were excluded and targeted, so a return to the status quo isn’t good enough.
Digital surveillance can help bring the coronavirus pandemic under control – but also threatens privacy
by Jennifer Daskal, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Technology, Law & Security Program, American University on April 9, 2020 at 12:07 pm
Cellphone data can show who coronavirus patients interacted with, which can help isolate infected people before they feel ill. But how digital contact tracing is implemented matters.
Ghana’s president has invoked a tough new law against coronavirus: why it’s disquieting
by Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua, Associate Professor in Law, University of Ghana on April 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm
Instead of seeking to protect our health and stop the coronavirus epidemic by instituting totalitarian surveillance regimes, we should rather focus on empowering citizens.
Privacy vs pandemic: government tracking of mobile phones could be a potent weapon against COVID-19
by Patrick Fair, Adjunct Professor, School of Information Technology, Deakin University on March 27, 2020 at 3:28 am
Our mobile phone’s location data could be a valuable tool to help track and trace the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The government has the legal power to do it, given what’s at stake.
Police and governments may increasingly adopt surveillance technologies in response to coronavirus fears
by Joe Masoodi, PhD student, Surveillance Studies, Queen’s University, Ontario on March 23, 2020 at 9:30 pm
Recently, police forces have come under criticism for their engagement of facial recognition technologies. But pandemic response plans may increasingly incorporate surveillance.
Coronavirus: South Korea’s success in controlling disease is due to its acceptance of surveillance
by Jung Won Sonn, Associate Professor in Urban Economic Development, UCL on March 19, 2020 at 4:41 pm
South Korea’s COVID-19 testing programme relies on what many would call privacy invasions.
The sharing economy helps women find new economic opportunities in Jordan
by Allison J. Anderson, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington on March 4, 2020 at 11:57 am
Research reveals a complicated relationship between surveillance and freedom, as surveillance activities allow for greater autonomy for women hoping to work in Jordan.
Australian police are using the Clearview AI facial recognition system with no accountability
by Jake Goldenfein, Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology on March 4, 2020 at 1:20 am
There are few guarantees that the facial recognition system is secure or even that it is accurate.
A national digital currency has serious privacy implications
by Anwar Mohammed, PhD Student, Political Science, McMaster University on February 5, 2020 at 11:04 pm
The Bank of Canada is proposing a federally managed digital currency that flies in the face of the decentralized approach to money that cryptocurrencies have established.
Darwin’s ‘smart city’ project is about surveillance and control
by Jathan Sadowski, Research Fellow in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash University on February 4, 2020 at 6:57 pm
‘Smart cities’, featuring networks of automatic lights, video cameras and environmental sensors, have been hailed as an enhancement to urban life. But they are also tools of surveillance and control.
One Ring to rule them all: Surveillance ‘smart’ tech won’t make Canadian cities safer
by Bonnie Stewart, Assistant Professor, Online Pedagogy & Workplace Learning, University of Windsor on January 21, 2020 at 2:10 pm
Amazon says it’s the "new neighbourhood watch" but Ring may just be another technology that gives police too much data and lets neighbourhoods double down on their biases.
Amazon Echo’s privacy issues go way beyond voice recordings
by Garfield Benjamin, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Media Arts and Technology, Solent University on January 20, 2020 at 3:36 pm
Hey Alexa, who are you sharing my data with?
How police surveillance technologies act as tools of white supremacy
by Constantine Gidaris, PhD Candidate, McMaster University on January 12, 2020 at 1:36 pm
Rather than helping and providing new unbiased tools for policing, police surveillance technologies tend to be reactionary and biased.