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Jun 21st 2017

Privacy, security, data protection and civil liberties in the Queen’s Speech

This morning the Queen outlined the Government’s plans for the next two years. The full text is available online here. A number of proposals relevant to privacy, security, data protection and the freedom of the internet were included. These fall under a number of headings. Digital Charter Data Protection Countering Extremism Counter Terrorism Arguably all […]

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Jun 21st 2017

Scottish Government’s “totalitarian” Named Person Scheme “dead in the water” – will this be a wakeup call for the UK Government’s Data Sharing plan?

Last summer the No to Named Person campaign, which Big Brother Watch are supporters of, had a huge win in the Supreme Court against the Scottish Government’s Named Person Scheme.  You can read our blog about it here. The success of that case led yesterday to the Scottish Government undertaking an almost total climb down […]

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Jun 14th 2017

The French-British action plan on internet security is likely to make us less, not more safe

Earlier this afternoon the Home Office published a French-British Action Plan on its website. You can read it here The “action plan” agreed by Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron outlines 4 steps for an “initiative to ensure the internet cannot be used as a safe space for terrorists and criminals”. Whilst […]

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May 25th 2017

1 year countdown to GDPR begins today

A year today the UK’s Data Protection Act will cease to be. On May 25th 2018 the biggest change to our data protection law in 20 years will kick in.  The General Data Protection Regulation, better known by its acronym GDPR will be its replacement. The GDPR will expand and extend the current data protection requirements for anyone processing personal data […]

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