HRBDT Weekly News Circular

By Vivian Ng 

Each week the Human Rights, Big Data & Technology Project based at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre prepares an overview of related news stories from the week. This summary contains news articles from 3 to 10 February 2017.

You can follow the HRBDT Project on twitter: @hrbdtNews.


Facebook stops advertisers illegally discriminating by race – The Guardian


Another NHS crisis looms – an inability to analyse data – The Guardian


Online identity programme aims to sign up 25m Britons – The Financial Times


Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices – Reuters

Fingerprint payments prompt privacy fears in India – The Guardian

Privacy chief has ‘grave concerns’ about listening devices installed in public places by council – The Guardian

Smile, you’re on camera, and it knows who you are – BBC

The Next Big Encryption Fight – MIT Technology Review

Recent cases

Ireland challenges Facebook in threat to cross-border data pact – Reuters

Google to appeal against order to hand over user emails stored outside US – The Guardian

Major privacy case to open before High Court in Dublin – Irish Times


State surveillance is a global threat to press freedom – Open Democracy

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are the author(s) alone.


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