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Privacy is always in play. From our smartphones to our classrooms, from our laptops to our lounge rooms: the ways we watch, shop, read, and relax are balancing on a tightrope between privacy and convenience.
Read all our latest opinion pieces, current affairs reports, and press releases.
Cyber laws around the world: Privacy is not the policy
December 04, 2022
There is no doubt that the European Union’s GDPR has changed the cyber regulation landscape forever. As onlookers from non-EU countries urge their governments and regulators to adopt similar legislation, countries are rapidly adopting their
The long and winding road : Striving for data protection in Indonesia
November 17, 2022
Juliana Harsianti is an independent researcher and journalist working at the intersection of digital technology and social impact. The long awaited Indonesian Personal Data Protection Bill was approved by the parliament on 20 September 2022.
Kazakhstan needs tougher laws to address the impacts of spyware
November 15, 2022
In July 2021, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, issued a statement exposing the widespread use of Pegasus spyware that targeted journalists, human rights activists, politicians, and other people across
A brief analysis of the Brazil’s data protection law
October 25, 2022
Data protection in Brazil; Impacts and backlashes in democracy and journalistic work. A local case study analysis and its relation to global privacy rights challenges.
The Next Chapter for Hong Kong’s digital repression: Total judicial cooperation
October 20, 2022
Charles Mok writes about the state of cyber laws, internet censorship, and that state of digital expression in Hong Kong.
Recognition and Protection: India’s Data Privacy Journey
October 17, 2022
Amber is a Senior Fellow-Trustworthy AI at Mozilla Foundation studying models for algorithmic transparency. He works at the intersection of law, technology and society. The Indian Government withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill in August 2022, indicating it would work on a new bill soon. The legislative process towards data protection laws in India has …
Development in Digital Laws in Russia: State Control of the Internet
October 11, 2022
Baurzhan Rakhmetov analyses some of the restrictive laws that strictly regulate cyberspace activities which have been introduced in Russia.
Censorship, privacy, and social media in Peru
September 29, 2022
Lucía León Pacheco analyses the state of cyber-laws in Peru and how they are impacting people’s digital and human rights.
SIM card registration: The bill is dead, long live the bill!
September 21, 2022
Jamael Jacob is a lawyer and privacy practitioner wearing many hats including: data protection officer of a private university, policy and legal advisor of a non-profit, and data protection consultant. He is also the former (and first-ever) head of the policy unit of the country’s data protection authority. The Philippines is yet again exploring legislation … SIM card registration: The bill is dead, long live the bill!
Signal, mobile numbers and the Twilio hack
August 23, 2022
The recent Twilio hack raises important questions about the vulnerability SMS-based verifications – where users receive an SMS with special code to verify or confirm that they have access to a mobile number used to register to a service. In OPTF’s latest Framed newsletter, we explore the Twilio hack and the vulnerability of using SMS … Signal, mobile numbers and the Twilio hack
Call for article submissions: Cyber policies and laws
August 04, 2022
The OPTF is calling journalists, researchers, and writers to propose articles and short essays about digital rights, digital privacy, and cyber security issues.
Report – Digital safety and internet freedom in South and Southeast Asia
June 09, 2022
In late 2021, OPTF and Engagemedia started collaborating on a research report that investigated digital safety and internet freedom in South and Southeast Asia. The final report is now available. Sadly, the findings paint a bleak picture when it comes to ensuring human rights defenders and at-risk communities are safe and secure in the digital … Report – Digital safety and internet freedom in South and Southeast Asia
Reflections on Nigeria’s Twitter ban
June 01, 2022
This article was commissioned by the OPTF to as part of a project to encourage more writing on digital rights issues. Adenike Fapohunda is a candidate attorney who did her final year thesis on the Nigerian Twitter ban. Her writing can be found at https://medium.com/@nikefapohunda On the 5th of June 2020, The Federal Republic of … Reflections on Nigeria’s Twitter ban
Technologies for Border Surveillance and Control in Italy
May 18, 2022
Diego analyses a recent study from the Hermes Center covering the use of facial recognition technology at the Italian border.
Privacy Awareness Week ’22: The foundation of trust
May 02, 2022
The OPTF is once again a supporter of Privacy Awareness Week in 2022. We are encouraging people to take a proactive approach to privacy!
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