“Your software is my biology”: The mass surveillance system in Argentina

September 15, 2014 - by Flavia Fascendini and Florencia Roveri.

In 2011 Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner created, through an executive decree, a federal biometric system for the identification of citizens, named SIBIOS (Sistemaz Federal de Identificación Biométrica para la Seguridad). It was developed, according to the decree, to provide a centralised system of information regarding individual biometrics registers. This would be used for appropriate testing when identifying people and faces, optimising the investigation of crimes and supporting national security. The adoption of this measure involved very little – almost no – public discussion, except for a few civil society organisations that warned the government about the risks involved in these kinds of surveillance methods, and their implications for people’s right to privacy.

The “metadata debate”: A Latin American Perspective

September 15, 2014 - by Luis Fernando García.

In recent years, especially after the Snowden revelations, a legal debate on metadata has sparked, primarily in the United States. In essence, what the legal scholars and US government officials have been arguing is, first, whether communications metadata deserves the same protection as the content of communications, and second, whether, in any case, the collection of metadata alone constitutes an interference with the right to privacy or whether the analysis of such data would be necessary to raise the question. This article provides a Latin Perspective on the metadata debate.


September 15, 2014 - by 洪朝貴 (Chinese, Traditional)

Surveillance and metadata collection in Canada

September 15, 2014 - by Stéphane Couture and Catherine Pappas.

Following revelations from US spy contractor Edward Snowden, it has become increasingly clear that Canada’s intelligence agencies are routinely collecting personal data from a variety of sources for both political and economic reasons. This report provides an analysis of the political and legal framework for understanding privacy and data protection laws and regulations in Canada in the age of ubiquitous surveillance.

Communications surveillance in South Africa: The case of the Sunday Times newspaper

September 15, 2014 - by Jane Duncan. This article discusses the communications surveillance of two investigative journalists from the biggest weekend newspaper in South Africa, the Sunday Times. This story has been chosen as a case study of just how corruptible South Africa’s communications monitoring and interception capacities are, in spite of the government claiming that it offers all the necessary protections for civil liberties.

Internet the panopticon: Exhibition and surveillance

September 15, 2014 - by Andrew Garton. This report discusses the privacy and online security concerns of 13 Australians, two Malaysians and an ex­pat living in the United States (US), all of whom have journeyed the internet in unique ways, some since its inception and others in more recent times.

De 13 Principes: Naar een Wereld Zonder Massale Surveillance

September 15, 2014 - by Door Hans de Zwart. (Dutch)

Volgende week is de eerste verjaardag van de Necessary and Proportionate Principles. De coalitie achter de 13 internationale principes besteedt deze week daarom elke dag aandacht aan een bepaald aspect van de principes. Waarom zijn ze belangrijk en hoe kunnen we ze gebruiken om ervoor te zorgen dat de politie en de geheime diensten zich gaan houden aan de wetgeving rondom mensenrechten?

Alternative Informatics Association’s Censorship and Digital Surveillance in Turkey Country Report September­ 2014

September 15, 2014

With the central filter implemented and public access points being arbitrarily censored/filtered, the blocking of Internet access in Turkey has turned into an escalating mechanism for the censorship/control of Internet users in Turkey. According to EngelliWeb about 51.000 domain names are blocked as of August 2014 and cannot be accessed from Turkey. But the real number—unannounced to the public—is estimated to be much more than this.

Blanket data retention: Law enforcement wants it, but they don’t need it

Septmeber 15, 2014 - by Raegan MacDonald.

On April 8, 2014, Europe’s highest court, the ECJ, released a long­awaited decision on the controversial Data Retention Directive, confirming what we all knew: the blanket surveillance mandated by the Data Retention Directive is neither necessary nor proportionate. This landmark decision from the ECJ invalidated the Directive as a violation of fundamental rights. It was warmly welcomed by civil society groups, academics and an array of European and international institutions. However, one nagging thought remains: If this Directive was such a clear­cut violation of fundamental rights, why did it remain in place for eight years?

Internet Surveillance in Korea 2014

September 15, 2014 - by K.S. Park.

Several of the state practices in Korea clearly violate 13 Principles. This articles highlights specific examples of massive indiscriminate surveillance in Korea and suggests a way forward."