Intimidation tactic: Police photograph faces, press passes of journalists covering protests

Law enforcement officers have photographed the faces or IDs of nearly three dozen journalists in Oregon and Minnesota in recent months, according to new data published by the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. The Tracker categorizes this practice in its “chilling” category, and notes that “law enforcement agencies in both cities did not disclose why they documented […]

YouTube cancels Myanmar military-run channels

YouTube has decided to cancel five Myanmar military-run channels on its platform for a violation of its community guidelines and terms of service. The decision came following Facebook’s earlier announcement that it suspended all Myanmar military-linked pages from its site and from Instagram. The move comes after an over-month-long string of deadly protests have been […]

Google mobility data suggests Sweden “socially distanced” less than other countries

By Ryan McMaken, Mises Institute 10/19/2020 As is often pointed out by pro-lockdown publications like the New York Times, Sweden has experienced covid-19 deaths at a rate above that of some of its neighbours that imposed relatively strict lockdowns, such as Denmark. What is rarely mentioned, however, is that Sweden’s deaths per million are also […]

Canadian class-action suit against Facebook alleges misuse of personal information

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press Wed Oct 28 2020 04:00 OTTAWA — Two Facebook users are seeking damages on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Canadians whose personal data may have been improperly used for political purposes. The proposed class−action lawsuit filed by Calgary residents Saul Benary and Karma Holoboff asks the Federal Court […]

Montreal should restrict police use of facial recognition technology: councillor

By Jacob SerebrinFri Sep 18 2020 17:48:34 MONTREAL — A Montreal city councillor said he will introduce a motion next week to restrict the use of facial recognition and other “invasive” surveillance technologies by city police. The motion, to be introduced on Monday, is based on a bylaw adopted by New York City and would […]