state surveillance - updates

Rappler's latest stories on state surveillance


Surveillance of minority Muslims in southern Thailand powered by Chinese-style tech

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:34 PM

Mandatory biometric registration has left many Malay Muslims distrustful of the state and concerned about how new technologies will impact their lives

Illustrations by Gogi Kamushadze

Surveillance and internet disruption in Baku

Mar 21, 2019 - 11:18 AM

The authorities in Azerbaijan don’t need to shut down the internet or social media. They can achieve control by disruption alone.

China chat log leak shows scope of surveillance

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The files show a wealth of information linked to online accounts, including GPS locations, file transfers, and chat logs

CHINA AND SURVEILLANCE. A man uses a computer in an internet cafe in Beijing on June 1, 2017. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Tech giants warn Australia against law to break encryption

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The bill would give security agencies wide powers to force telecommunications and technology companies to give them access to encrypted devices and messaging apps

Anti-terrorism law weak, Senate wants longer surveillance, detention of suspects

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Proposed amendments to the Human Security Act include increasing surveillance to at least 90 days and detention to at least 30 days for 'suspected terrorists'

MONITOR. Amendments to the Human Security act eye longer periods of surveillance and detention.

U.S. gives P807-million surveillance system to Philippines

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:20 PM

'We can use this for surveying areas devastated by typhoons, before and after, so that we can assess the damage,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

SABIR SYSTEM. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana join representatives of the Philippine Air Force and Joint US Military Assistance Group with the newly-transferred Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (SABIR) system. Photo courtesy of US embassy

Military rejects electronic surveillance limits in draft constitution

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr also rejects a move to delete the provision in the current constitution assigning the military as the ‘protector of the people’

REVIEW. Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says on July 5, 2018, he will create a group that will carefully study the draft by the ConCom for its possible impact on the security sector. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Want data privacy? Here's how to protect your personal information online

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Data privacy lawyer Cecilia Soria says it's important to be more mindful and less careless in giving away personal information, especially on social media

Prone to abuse: State surveillance as a tool to silence critics

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Human rights activists say the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen's right to privacy

You think your data, communication devices are safe? Think again

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:01 PM

According to privacy rights group Privacy International, there have been at least 7 recorded sales of surveillance equipment to the Philippines

ACCESS. Information and communications on a person's device can be accessed through the use of different types of equipment and software.

State surveillance: A necessary evil?

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Proponents of state surveillance argue that monitoring individuals is necessary in the interest of 'national security'. But who defines what 'national security' is? To what extent is state surveillance legal?

What you need to know about state surveillance

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte purchased communications surveillance equipment from the UK. What should citizens know about state monitoring?

MONITOR. Reports in February revealed the Duterte administration purchased spyware from the British government.

Obama may ban surveillance of foreign allied leaders

Oct 29, 2013 - 10:24 PM

A US official says Obama is considering banning US spy agencies from eavesdropping on allied leaders

OBAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY HEADACHE. US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 8. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

US House rejects effort to curtail surveillance

Jul 25, 2013 - 7:18 AM

The US House of Representatives narrowly beat back an effort to defund National Security Agency programs that scoop up telephone data on millions of Americans