Sergi Xaudiera

Stop Surveillance Humanitarianism

Originally published 17 July 2019 by Sergi Xaudiera

Help people without selling their privacy

If an individual or group’s data is compromised or leaked to a warring faction, it could result in violent retribution for those perceived to be on the wrong side of the conflict. When I spoke with officials providing medical aid to Syrian refugees in Greece, they were so concerned that the Syrian military might hack into their database that they simply treated patients without collecting any personal data. The fact that the Houthis are vying for access to civilian data only elevates the risk of collecting and storing biometrics in the first place.

★ Mark Latonero, The New York Times