In the aftermath of 9/11, Governments across the world rushed to to expand their surveillance powers. Below is a 🧵 on some of the key privacy issues from the past 20 years, what PI has fought against and what is still left.
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Post 9/11, Governments: - Created new systems to collect data to profile & risk score travellers - Expanded identity schemes & began demanding biometrics, particularly for border management. - Developed financial surveillance Read more: privacyinternational.org/imp…
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Surveillance of communications - metadata - became a key source of information for governments post 9/11. It tells the story about your data and answers the who, when, what, and how of a specific communication and activity, even without knowing the content.
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'Metadata' become most widely known in 2003 after Edward Snowden's disclosures on how the NSA was using this data from comms providers to surveil people around the world. There is still no retention policy in the US on how long comms providers can hold metadata.
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In Europe, it has been a long fight against bulk data retention. It wasn't until this year, and our fight with 10 other human rights organisations, that the highest court in Europe ruled this bulk data interception was unlawful. Read more privacyinternational.org/lon…
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Biometric data collection and use in the name of countering terrorism has been accelerating since 9/11, often abusively, without being effectively regulated or subject to accountability mechanisms. Read more about biometrics & counter terrorism: privacyinternational.org/lon…

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What now? With our network of international partners, the fight against data-intensive systems, quick privacy grabs and abusive practises still rages on. You can learn more about our global movement to protect privacy: privacyinternational.org/imp…
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