Apr 5th 2017

Should removal of privacy be a condition of travel?

Are you prepared to hand over the passwords to your social media accounts to the USA authorities as a condition of wanting to go to America for a holiday, for business, to see family or to study? Probably not? Today’s news features a story that the US Government may consider asking UK travellers to the […]

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Oct 20th 2016

Dynamic IP addresses declared a type of private data

Yesterday saw an important judgement by the European Court of Justice that declared dynamic IP addresses should be classed as personal data in the same manner as static IP addresses. The judgement was the result of a case brought to the ECJ by a member of Germany’s Pirate Party, opposing how the government websites he was doing […]

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Nov 14th 2014

EU DNA Database Back on the Agenda

Following Monday night’s confused debate on EU Justice and Home Affairs powers it has been revealed that the Government is embarking upon a scheme that would give European states limited access to the UK DNA database and potentially pave the way to a linking of the UK and EU databases. This is a worrying development, […]

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Jul 3rd 2014

Lack of UK surveillance transparency exposed once again

With the publication of the second report by the US’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Board (PCLOB), the ball is now firmly in the UK Government’s court. The report added to the US’s response to the revelations made by Edward Snowden and places the lack of a response on this side of the Atlantic in stark contrast. […]

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May 7th 2014

Two tier citizenship is not British – and nor is rendering people stateless

Today the Commons votes on Lords amendments to the Immigration bill which would allow the Home Secretary to revoke the British passport of a foreign-born person if they are satisfied that deprivation of citizenship is ‘conducive to the public good because the person, while having that citizenship status, has conducted him or herself in a […]

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