Facebook’s micro-targeting algorithms have been used to spread disinformation and sow distrust in democratic institutions around the world. It has a responsibility to act
New revelations by a whistleblower prove that the social media platform clearly understands its negative impact on society, but that profits are a greater lure than preserving democracy
The introduction of Popia brings responsibilities, but also opportunities as South Africa becomes viewed as a country with proper data regulations
Private data from more than 530-million Facebook accounts was placed onto an unsecured public database. This tool allows users to use their phone number to see if they were among the victims.
Governments are processing tons of personal information to limit the spread of Covid-19. They must ensure this does not cost us our privacy
The impacts of these infringements could last well beyond the life of the Covid-19 pandemic
The trick is to find the balance between people’s right to privacy and the need for contact tracing to limit the spread of the disease
Double-registration has effectively rendered stateless tens of thousands of Kenyan citizens who are ethnically Somali
The provisions have been introduced to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some may infringe on certain constitutional rights
The UN says South Africa lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to implementing measures to keep private information safe from governments and corporations
The chief executive says internet users are under surveillance and companies use data as a weapon
Eusebius McKaiser writes about the right to privacy for public figures but also discusses the ‘grey areas’ when it comes to public interest
Who was behind the drone filming a protest march: a private cameraman, an award-aiming film-maker, the media, or intelligence gathering machinery?
A new service allows users to sell old phones and tablets, but deleting information before selling a device does not wipe your slate clean.
The whistle-blowing site has accused Google of handing information to the US authorities without notifying it until almost three years later.
South Africans seem oblivious to the fact that one of their fundamental freedoms is under threat.
The British government is being sued for monitoring activities exposed by Edward Snowden, but it maintains that it operates within the law.
Do requests to delete data lead to an ‘internet with borders’? Ombud Franz Krüger explores.
French President François Hollande has threatened to sue a celebrity magazine after it alleged he was having an affair with an actress.
Edward Snowden has warned of the dangers posed by a loss of privacy in a message broadcast to Britain on Christmas Day.
Retail giant Tesco is to scan shoppers’ faces in order to offer tailored advertising, a move that has enraged privacy guard dogs.
For some business trips, it makes sense to fly charter rather than on a scheduled airline.
Alistair Fairweather thinks the US government needs to condemn the NSA’s attack on one of the world’s most important resources – the internet.
The phrase “If you’re not paying you’re the product” may be familiar in tech circles but is still sinking in for many users of free apps.
The Protection of Personal Information Bill has been signed into law. But what does it mean for you?
European privacy watchdogs have threatened Google with legal action over 2012 policy which violates commitment to transparency.
The massive brands the world trusts with their information have been struggling to respond to evidence that they leaked user’s information to Prism.
On May 31, more than 34 000 people around the world committed suicide — social media suicide that is.
A United States judge’s order to Google to turn over YouTube user data to Viacom has sparked an outcry from privacy advocates.