Jul 17th 2015

DRIPA “unlawful” according to High Court judgment

A year to the day that DRIPA was enacted its early demise has been confirmed in the High Court. Today‚Äôs judgment in the judicial review brought by David Davis MP and Tom Watson MP is a huge blow to the Government. The Court has found DRIPA to be unlawful, proving that rushing emergency legislation through […]

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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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Mar 12th 2014

GCHQ: Enemy of the Internet?

A report, by Reporters without Borders, has accused GCHQ and the NSA of being no better than their Chinese and Russian counterparts in terms of online censorship and surveillance. The report entitled Enemies of the Internet is released to coincide with World Day Against Cyber-Censorship and comes on the same day that Sir Tim Berners-Lee […]

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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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