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How to maintain your digital privacy at protests

"Ofelia Liversidge" (2020-08-03)

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Phones can be an important tool for protesters, but police can also use them to track you. Follow these best practices to keep yourself secure.

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Digital privacy has always been a concern for activists, who can't track them down and silence their advocacy. With , thousands of people are finding themselves becoming activists for the first time. 

Protesters have taken to the streets in a number of cities to demonstrate against police brutality after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died when an officer pinned his knee against Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. The , but police continue to escalate forceful measures against protesters exercising their First Amendment rights. 

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If you're attending a protest, you know the risk of surveillance is high. Police have used tools like