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WhatsApp panics as users flee to rivals in privacy boycott

The encrypted messaging service is having to embark on some damage control after criticism about its new terms and conditions

Tracking, tracing and transparency

Governments are processing tons of personal information to limit the spread of Covid-19. They must ensure this does not cost us our privacy

Censorship, surveillance could be the biggest rights challenges post Covid-19

The impacts of these infringements could last well beyond the life of the Covid-19 pandemic

The ethics of Covid-19 status disclosure: To tell or not to tell?

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

‘In Kenya, you cannot go anywhere without an ID. I don’t have one’

Double-registration has effectively rendered stateless tens of thousands of Kenyan citizens who are ethnically Somali

New digital regulations mean the state can track you — no questions asked

The provisions have been introduced to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some may infringe on certain constitutional rights

South Africa must implement privacy laws to protect citizens, says UN expert

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

Apple wants US privacy law

The chief executive says internet users are under surveillance and companies use data as a weapon

Don’t be glib about privacy rights

Eusebius McKaiser writes about the right to privacy for public figures but also discusses the 'grey areas' when it comes to public interest

Spy in the sky: Whose drone is it anyway?

Who was behind the drone filming a protest march: a private cameraman, an award-aiming film-maker, the media, or intelligence gathering machinery?

The flaw in factory resets

A new service allows users to sell old phones and tablets, but deleting information before selling a device does not wipe your slate clean.

WikiLeaks: Google ‘violated’ privacy by disclosing data

The whistle-blowing site has accused Google of handing information to the US authorities without notifying it until almost three years later.

Big Brother erodes our right to privacy

South Africans seem oblivious to the fact that one of their fundamental freedoms is under threat.

UK says spying program that may or may not exist is legal

The British government is being sued for monitoring activities exposed by Edward Snowden, but it maintains that it operates within the law.

Net privacy not just about ?’forgetting’

Do requests to delete data lead to an 'internet with borders'? Ombud Franz Krüger explores.

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