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Eurostar introduces facial recognition for passengers

Eurostar – the high-speed passenger service linking London with Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam – has started testing facial recognition tech based on biometric data taken from passengers. The company operating the trains announced it...

Hospitality industry expects revenue to tank in Hong Kong if vaccine passport measures are introduced

The hospitality industry in Hong Kong has warned that the vaccine passport requirements would plummet sales if enforced. The city recently announced new measures requiring at least two-thirds of people dining at restaurants to...

Mainstream media complains about “alternative” tech platforms, frames them as “echo-chambers”

Mainstream media outlets are continuing their crusade against alternatives to Big Tech social media networks and other services – which mainstream media just happens to be firmly aligned with. Ignoring the fact that what...

Thousands of New York City residents at risk of losing their job is they can’t produce a vaccine passport

New York City’s Mayor Bill De Blasio announced stricter COVID-19 measures in an effort to curb the spread of the Omicron variant. Kids between the ages of 5 and 11 will have to show...

Companies are racing to be the first to chip people and monitor medical data, open doors, and make payments

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Verizon accused of collecting customer browsing history (and more)

The My Verizon App has been accused of secretly collecting a user’s browser information, tracking apps, location, and contacts, for the purposes of understanding user interests. The mobile network provider appears to be automatically...

New Brunswick begins allowing essentials like grocery stores to ban those without a vaccine passport

Since Saturday, grocery stores in New Brunswick have been allowed to ban those who do now show a vaccine passport. Authorities are trying to justify the measure as a way to keep Covid infections...

Germany’s new government announces plans to protect rights to encryption

Germany’s new coalition government is seemingly pro-encryption and supports other policies digital rights advocates have asked for years, including the right to anonymity. The previous government, led by Angela Merkel, supported more surveillance. Privacy...

France: Over 65s need booster vaccine passport to participate in society

French President Emanuel Macron announced new rules for the nationwide vaccine passport mandate. The vaccine passports of those above the age of 65 will be invalid if they have not gotten a booster shot....

Spanish inter-regional COVID committee says vaccine passports do not reduce infections

An inter-regional COVID committee in Spain concluded that controversial vaccine passports that create a checkpoint society have no impact on infections. They warned that vaccine passes pass the wrong message that vaccinated people do...

Germany to lockdown anyone who won’t (or can’t) show a vaccine passport

Germany is set to announce nationwide COVID-19 restrictions that translate to a de facto lockdown for those who refuse to show a vaccine passport. The restrictions have already been implemented in some regions. Related: How...

Rhode Island to introduce vaccine passport

On Wednesday, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee announced 401 Health, a vaccine passport app. The state’s Health Department’s COVID Response Unit executive director Tom McCarthy said the app is in testing and will be...

Israel is using counter-terrorism phone surveillance to track Omicron carriers

Rights groups in Israel have called on the country’s top court to repeal the recently announced measures to use the counter-terrorism phone tracking system to track carriers of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus....

The messaging apps the FBI have easy access to (and the one’s they don’t)

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Switzerland votes to keep vaccine passports

Swiss citizens voted to keep vaccine passports in a referendum held on Sunday. The results of the referendum defy months of protests against vaccine passports, although the deal was sweetened by the promise of...

Chinese province of Henan surveils journalists and students with new tech

Security authorities in the Chinese province of Henan have commissioned a surveillance system to be used to track journalists and international students, documents obtained by Reuters revealed. The surveillance system is testament to the...

Australia proposes law that would ban online anonymity to curb “defamation”

Australia plans to introduce a law that will require social media companies to “unmask anonymous trolls,” allowing users to file defamation lawsuits. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who hopes to be reelected next year,...

Northern Ireland Alliance Party councillor called for censorship of anti-vaccine passport ads

A campaign against mandatory vaccine passes launched in Northern Ireland by UK civil liberties and privacy group Big Brother Watch and a number of other organizations has come under criticism from politicians from the...

Australian lawmaker Bob Katter is denied entry to a pub for refusing to show his vaccine passport

A federal Member of Parliament in Australia was refused entry into a country pub in New South Wales for refusing to show proof of vaccination. MP Bob Katter is not against vaccination – though...

UK re-introduces proposals for ID checks on adult websites, could usher in requiring ID for social platforms

In an effort to prevent children from accessing adult content, the UK government is proposing introducing age verification for adult websites. The plans were first introduced in 2017 but were shelved due to privacy...