Apr 7th 2014

Support grows for surveillance transparency

Last November we launched our ‘Time for Transparency’ campaign, revealing new polling that showed 66% of people want more information about how surveillance powers are used, with 70% wanting companies like BT and EE to publish their own reports about the requests they receive, as companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft now regularly release. Today […]

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Mar 20th 2014

Is BT handing over data on Brits in bulk?

Last year, the Guardian published an order under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act made to Verizon, which made clear that the NSA was collecting details of phone calls made by American citizens not on a targeted basis, but in bulk. We have a simple question – is the same happening here? Appearing before the […]

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Feb 10th 2014

Paper on security and privacy for the ISC

Big Brother Watch was invited to submit a paper to the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, relating to it’s inquiry into the balance between security and privacy. You can now read our submission below. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In a Democratic society, some secrecy is tolerated, as are some intrusions upon liberty and privacy, provided the […]

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Dec 9th 2013

Surveillance law reform is not optional

Today, some of the world’s biggest technology companies have spelled out the principles that they believe should underpin the balance between privacy and security online. In full page advertisements eight firms, including Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter, signed a¬†joint letter calling for Governments to adopt the following principles to underpin a reform of surveillance […]

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Dec 3rd 2013

A (brief) recent history of security and the free press

Today, the editor of the Guardian gives evidence to the Home Affairs select committee, as part of the committee’s work on counter terrorism. Perhaps that might give the committee to question why Parliament learned of much of GCHQ’s activity from the newspaper, rather than from Ministers. Indeed, it seems on current evidence that will remain […]

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