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Author: Privacy International

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Find out how technology is reshaping our lives every day and explore the new powers of governments and companies.
32 Episodes
This week we're joined by Dr Courtney Thompson to discuss the history of phrenology and physiognomy and their relationship to modern technologies and culture.  Links - Find more of Dr Thompson's work and her book 'An Organ of Murder: Crime, Violence, and Phrenology in Nineteenth-Century America': - Or you can find her on twitter at: - You can see the 'Good and Bad heads' picture in her article 'Rediscovering “Good” and “Bad” Heads in the Phrenological Present' here: - Find out more about Physogs and Photofit in Courtney's article in Endeavour: - You can listen to our podcast on Facial Recognition here: - And you can support Privacy International here:
Are you paranoid?

Are you paranoid?


We hear that we're paranoid a lot - but what is paranoia? What does it mean to be paranoid? And is it all bad? We spoke to Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental Health Foundation to find out.  Links - Learn more about mental health at the mental health foundation's website: - Learn more about PI's work at: - You can listen to our first episode with David about tracking on mental health websites here:
General warrants have been used to authorise wide-ranging property interference and certain forms of computer hacking of large numbers of devices - such as “all mobile phones used by a member of a criminal gang”, without specifying the names or locations of the members. But no longer - the UK High Court has held that the security and intelligence services cannot rely on these warrants, referring back to cases from the 18th century.  Find out more:
PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Paz Peña, an  independent consultant based in Chile, about data exploitation in sexual and reproductive healthcare in the country.
We've recently released a report looking at the impact of ID systems on transgender people in Argentina, France and the Philippines. To celebrate we're re-releasing this podcast from our archive. It was recorded in 2018 when Eva met two transgender rights activists - Naomi Fontanos and AR Arcon to discuss what the right to privacy means to them and their fight against the government's plan to deploy an ID card system. Our report in English: Our report in Spanish:
A year ago on Monday the New York Times published an article, by a fantastic tech journalist called Kashmir Hill, about a facial recognition company called Clearview AI called 'The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It' .  This episode we talk to a range of experts and journalist about who are Clearview? What are they doing? Why is their business model so problematic? And is the problem Clearview specific? Or is systemic? Links The original article: Info on how to do your own Data Subject Access Request:  And the template from the ICO: Find more from Ann Cavoukian: Find out more about the ACLU's legal challenge in Illinois: Find out more about Robert Julian-Borchack William's case: Read more from Riccardo on facial recognition [italian]:  Find out more about Pimeyes and Daniel's research at Netzpolitik:
We give you the run down on the things we expect and are excited for and sometimes apprehensive of in 2021 and give you the lowdown on what's written in your stars for the coming year. Links! If you're worried about your devices and a controlling partner:; you can also find out more at women's aid's website: Find out more about our court victory here: Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental health Foundation: Tom and immunity passports: Lucy and low cost tech: Lucy and marketing and maternity: Eva and smart cities:
PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Nerima Were, who is the Program Manager on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights from  KELIN. The Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS  (KELIN) focuses on creating country-based networks that intersect law, ethics, human rights, and HIV.
**Language advisory: Gus does several swearwords this episode including one f-word at 9:45 This week we talk to Edin, PI's Advocacy Director, about documents obtained by he spent a year working on obtaining, that detail how EU agencies ‘outsource’ border controls to neighbouring countries. From surveillance drones to cameras to wiretapping and more - the EU are providing technologies that will be used to crush political and civil freedoms and undermine democracy without urgent reforms. Find out more:
PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Denisse Albornoz from Hiperderecho in Peru, which is Peruvian non-profit civil  association dedicated to research, facilitating public understanding and  promoting respect for rights and freedoms in digital environments.
We talk to Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental Health Foundation to find out what happens to your data when you visit a mental health website? How can technology help people dealing with a mental health issue? And what can happen when things go wrong? Find out more about the Mental Health Foundation here: If you're worried about your mental health and want to try the NHS's mood self-assesment you can find it here: Read our work on mental health here:
PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Dr. Andrea Swartzendruber about crisis pregnancy centres in the US.  Dr. Andrea  Swartzendruber is the principal investigator for the Pregnancy Resource  Center Evaluation at Emory University's Center for Reproductive Health  Research in the Southeast. She is an assistant professor in the  Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of  Georgia College of Public Health and an adjunct professor at Emory  University Rollins School of Public Health. She has recently published  and presented research findings on pregnancy resource centers (also  known as crisis pregnancy centers) and sexual and reproductive health  services for adolescents in Georgia.
This week we talk to Dr Ellie Cosgrave - an Associate Professor at UCL, Dr Lakshmi Priya Rajendran - a Senior Research Fellow looking at future cities, and Dr Rob Kitchin - a Professor focussing on the relationship between technology, society, and space about what is a smart city? What do we want the cities of the future to look like? And what's the best way of making sure the future of our metropolitan public spaces is bright, not dystopian? Find out more: About PI's work on smart cities here: About Ellie's work here: About Lakshmi's work here: And Rob's work here: And you can support PI's work here:
Judgement Day

Judgement Day


The European Union's top court rules that UK, French and Belgian mass surveillance regimes must respect privacy. But what does that mean for government's data collection schemes? And what does it take to fight a legal battle lasting years? Find out more on our website: And make sure we can keep taking these fights to court:
PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Lintang Setianiti and Miftah Fadhli from the Institute for Policy  Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) in Indonesia about reproductive rights in  the country.
PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Maite Karstanje  and Nadia Ferrari from Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género  (ELA) in Argentina, which works with Latin American feminist  institutions to promote and defend human rights and gender justice in  the region, about reproductive rights in the country.
PI's Reproductive Rights and Privacy Project speaks with Dr. Subasri Narasimhan and Dr. Dabney Evans from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in the US about their paper which documents how  misleading health information about reproductive health can flow into  policy and legislative debates. 
Immunity Passports

Immunity Passports


This week we talk to a whole host of guests, including María Paz Canales Executive Director of Derechos Digitales, about the issues with coronavirus immunity passports and whether the digital ID industry is capable of rising to the moment.
Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning


This week we talk to PI's Tech Co-ordination Groups to bring you tips and tricks about how to start cleaning up and securing your phone or computer. Episode notes Useful info How to minimise targeted ads: Protect yourself from online tracking:  Social media account settings:  Our Onion address: privacyintyqcroe.onion  Episode Info 3:24 - reasons to delete apps you’re not using  6:18 - 4 things you should do first 6:37 - Updates  7:59 - Password managers Keepass, 1password, Lastpass 11:40 - Has your data been breached? 12:56 - Backups  19:05 - Apps 20:52 - Firewalls  Netguard -  Clamwin -  28:45 - When is too old too old  31:12 - iPhone  Better Blocker -  36:27 - Android  40:29 - Social Media  40:29 Facebook/instagram  Facebook TOR address: facebookcorewwwi.onion  Zynga hack:  45:20 - Twitter  MicahFlee - delete your tweets:  Social media monitoring by local authorities -  49:40 - Email  51:35 - Desktops  51:50 - Windows  CCleaner -  WinDirStat -  55:42 - Mac OS  Little snitch -  58:20 - Linux  Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) -  Firewall D - 1:01:40 Encryption  Veracrypt -  Bitlocker -  
Why do Google want to buy Fitbit? What do they get out of it? And why should competition regulators be concerned? Gus talks to two of PI's lawyers - Ailidh and Ioannis - to ask why we're telling the EU commission to block the merger. Find out more and sign the petition at: Music: Last Chance Saloon by Sepia
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