Tag - surveillance



A surveillance drone is seen in midair during the G7 foreign ministers' summit in Lucca, Italy, in 2017.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Feb 13, 2024
'Intrusive' drones? U.S. surveillance case tests privacy law
Evidence suggests police departments are increasingly using drones, including as first responders to emergency calls.
A security camera near Takojima Elementary School, which is used as an evacuation shelter following the New Year's Day quake, in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Jan 26, 2024
Japan to fight crime in quake-hit areas with 1,000 security cameras
The National Police Agency and prefectural police forces plan to install around 1,000 security cameras at locations including evacuation centers.
Taiwan flags adorn the streets of Taipei on Wednesday.
Jan 8, 2024
China's balloons inflate Taiwan poll fears
Since December, Taipei has said that mysterious balloons were crossing the Taiwan Strait, with their purpose being "gray-zone" harassment that stops short of open warfare.
Public scrutiny is key to defending internet privacy amid growing calls by governments for more surveillance.
Dec 27, 2023
Time to curb government internet surveillance
Democracies are often leading the internet surveillance charge, inadvertently paving the way for the world’s autocrats.
An employee inspects integrated circuit boards at a factory in Suzhou, China.
Dec 22, 2023
U.S. to scrutinize Chinese chipmakers as Biden mulls tariffs
Over 100 companies in various sectors to be surveyed on their procurement and use of legacy chips
Media mogul Jimmy Lai, the founder of now-shuttered pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily and one of the most prominent Hong Kong critics of China's Communist Party leadership, has faced a salvo of litigation since a wave of pro-democracy demonstrations in 2019.
Dec 15, 2023
China crackdown on Hong Kong in focus as Jimmy Lai goes on trial
Media tycoon faces possible life imprisonment on charges he colluded with foreign forces, including the U.S.
Users often do not realize that almost all app notifications travel over Google and Apple's servers, giving the two companies unique insight into the traffic flowing from those apps to their users.
Dec 8, 2023
Smartphone users' push notifications spied on, U.S. senator warns
Users often do not realize that almost all notifications for incoming messages, breaking news and other updates travel over Google and Apple's servers.
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen arrives at the U.K. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Safety Summit at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Britain, on Nov. 2.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 6, 2023
EU set to hold talks to finalize agreement on world's first AI law
Brussels wants a legal armory to protect EU citizens' rights, while some member states worry that too much regulation will stifle innovation.
Chinese civil servants and employees of state-linked enterprises are facing tighter constraints on private travel abroad and scrutiny of their foreign connections.
Oct 17, 2023
China tightens curbs on foreign travel by bankers and state workers
Individuals' accounts varied but were consistent in describing heightened scrutiny of overseas travel even after China reopened borders in January.
Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against COVID-19 measures Munich in 2022.
WORLD / Society
Oct 4, 2023
AI 'supercharges' online disinformation and censorship, report warns
Internet freedom declined for the 13th straight year, with China, Myanmar and Iran having the worst conditions of the 70 countries surveyed.
China Evergrande Group Chairman Hui Ka Yan
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 27, 2023
Evergrande’s billionaire chairman Hui under police surveillance
Hui was taken away by Chinese police earlier this month and is being monitored at a designated location. It’s not clear why he is under surveillance.
Pedestrians pass an advertisement for Huawei's Mate 60 series smartphones outside a Huawei store in Shanghai on Sept. 8. Huawei's Mate 60 Pro uses an advanced chip and is said to be capable of 5G speeds.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 20, 2023
Huawei ships Chinese-made surveillance chips despite tech curbs
The developments, as well as advances in Chinese-made smartphone chips, indicate the technology giant is overcoming Washington's export controls.
A woman walks past surveillance cameras in Shanghai. China’s Ministry of State Security has called for a "whole of society mobilization,” urging the public to watch for what it considers foreign-backed subversion.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 20, 2023
Burner laptops and smaller profits: Firms face China challenges
Beijing has doubled down on policies emphasizing security and self-reliance that make it harder to do business.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has become increasingly vigilant about monitoring the activities of foreign nationals within the country.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 17, 2023
China steps up scrutiny of Japanese in China after Fukushima decision
More than 100,000 Japanese nationals live in China, and some in the international community worry they may be treated as potential hostages.
Demonstrators sing the "Glory To Be Thee, Hong Kong" protest song during a flash mob in 2019.
Jul 21, 2023
Hong Kong court says protest song is matter of national security
The city’s High Court on Friday heard the government’s argument for why it should be illegal to perform or broadcast Glory to Hong Kong with criminal intent.
Japan Times
Jul 23, 2023
Even past dissent in Belarus means constant scrutiny
Aleksandr Lukashenko brutally repressed those who opposed his claim of re-election as president. The crackdown on dissent has only deepened since.
Japan Times
Jun 28, 2023
Hong Kong exiles in U.K. say they are 'living in fear' of Beijing
Following Beijing"s crackdown on pro-democracy protests in 2019 and a sweeping security law imposed the following year, London has granted 166,000 visas to people from its former colony.
Japan Times
Jun 28, 2023
As U.S. cities seek more data in public, can they boost trust in tech?
While many argue that publicly placed data-gathering devices provide value to communities, others point to scant accountability or oversight.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 27, 2023
Nissan board gains shareholder backing, but must tackle surveillance claims
Recent turmoil recalls the turbulent period that led up to and followed the ouster of former head Carlos Ghosn.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2023
China’s spying in Cuba picks up where the Soviet Union left off
Beijing’s reported efforts at surveillance from Cuba are reminiscent of Lourdes, a Soviet-built listening post just south of Havana.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves