Jun 30th 2017

Five Eyes open letter

Today we signed a letter demanding that Five Eyes respect encryption and protect the security of citizens. A copy is available online here and below:   To Ministers Responsible for the Five Eyes Security Community, In light of public reports about this week’s meeting between officials from your agencies, the undersigned individuals and organizations write […]

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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 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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Feb 14th 2017

Government Cyber Security Strategy – how does encryption fit into all of this?

The new National Cyber Security Centre was officially opened today – although the unofficial opening was 5 months ago. The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond MP, gave a speech outlining the need for a stronger approach to cyber security and the need for all of us, Government, business and citizens to work together to improve our security […]

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Nov 17th 2016

Investigatory Powers Bill set to become Law

Yesterday the House of Lords backed down on a number of amendments about press regulation, meaning that the final text of the Investigatory Powers Bill has now been agreed by both houses of Parliament. After it receives Royal Assent it will become law. The Bill will make the UK the only European or Commonwealth country […]

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