Oct 11th 2013

Ideas to start the debate and reform surveillance

Dear Prime Minister, cc Deputy Prime Minister; Chair – ISC;  Chair – Home Affairs committee; Chair – Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill; Chair – LIBE Committee of the European Parliament; Chair – Joint Committee on Human Rights; Yesterday you said that you would be happy to listen to ideas to improve the […]

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Oct 8th 2013

No debate please, we’re British.

In a speech to the  Royal United Services Institute on Tuesday, the Director General of MI5 said: “it causes enormous damage to make public the reach and limits of GCHQ techniques.Such information hands the advantage to the terrorists. It is the gift they need to evade us and strike at will.” This is a sentiment […]

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Oct 3rd 2013

GCHQ faces legal action over mass surveillance

Today Big Brother Watch, working with the Open Rights Group, English PEN and German internet activist Constanze Kurz, has announced legal papers have been filed alleging that GCHQ has illegally intruded on the privacy of millions of British and European citizens. We allege that by collecting vast amounts of data leaving or entering the UK, including […]

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Sep 20th 2013

State sponsored cyber attack: Will we practice what we preach?

Another week, another set of documents leaked by Edward Snowden. This time it has been reported that GCHQ is responsible for a cyber attack on Belgacom. Considering the Foreign Office has repeatedly condemned state sponsored cyber attack it appears that we aren’t practicing what we preach. Speaking at the London Cyberspace Conference in 2011, the […]

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Aug 27th 2013

British police are third highest users of Facebook data globally

Today Facebook has published it’s first transparency report, detailing law enforcement and national security requests from countries around the world. Britain requested data on 1,975 occasions, covering 2,337 users. In 32% of cases, Facebook declined to provide any data. Thanks to the transparency reports of Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter we continue to learn more […]

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