Government

Since the May 2020 murder of George Floyd, Minnesota law enforcement agencies have carried out a secretive, long-running surveillance programme targeting journalists and civil rights activists known as Operation Safety Net, a complex surveillance engine that has expanded to include collecting
According to internal documents obtained by the Brennan Center, the Polish “strategic communications” specialist Edge NPD, whose business is helping companies with market research, provided the Los Angeles Police Department with a free 40-day trial in which it collected nearly 2 million tweets
According to internal documents, the San Francisco Police Department illegally spied on thousands of Bay Area residents protesting in 2020 against the murder of George Floyd and racist police violence. To conduct its surveillance, the SFPD used a network of more than 300 video cameras in downtown’s
At his 2021 trial, prosecutors used previously-unseen infrared footage from FBI airplane surveillance at 9,000 feet to attempt to show that 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse chased one of the two people he later claimed to have shot in self-defence. Rittenhouse travelled from his home in Illinois to
Press release
Today, the High Court ruled that the Home Secretary acted unlawfully and breached human rights and data protection laws by operating a secret, blanket policy of seizing, retaining and extracting data from the mobile phones of asylum seekers arriving by small boat. This claim for judicial review was
News & Analysis

In this article we provide background on the initial challenge of the Huduma Namba and subsequent developments which led to an important ruling of the High Court of Kenya on the retrospective effect of the Data Protection Act as we reflect on its wider implications for the governance and regulation of digital ID systems.

News & Analysis

Over the last 20 years, vast data-intensive systems were deployed in Afghanistan by national and foreign actors. As we highlight some of these systems we present our concerns as to what will happen to them.

News & Analysis

The controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill includes provisions for 'extraction of information from electronic devices'. It relies solely on voluntary provision and agreement. We analyse the power imbalance between the State and individual - which calls into question 'voluntary provision' and 'agreement' as a basis for seizure of a device and extraction of data. 

Long Read

An overview of your data rights in relation to data processed by the police at protests (UK edition).

Long Read

An overview of relevant considerations if and when photographing or filming police at a protest (UK edition).

Report

A case study illustrating the use and looming dangers of collection and use of biometrics in the name of counter-terrorism.

Report

A case study illustrating the use and looming dangers of collection and use of biometrics in the name of counter-terrorism.

Explainer

A brief guide to how social media monitoring can be used at a protest, and how you can minimise risks to your data (UK edition)

Explainer

The police can access your mobile phone’s ‘unique identifiers’. Learn how to maintain your anonymity (UK edition).

Explainer

The police can access your digital communications. Learn how to limit the risk.

Explainer

If the police seize your phone during a protest, they can gain access to your location data. Here's how to better control access to your data (UK edition).