Mar 2nd 2017

Big wins in the battle to improve the Digital Economy Bill

The Government have accepted and in part apologised for the poor drafting and lack of detail in the Digital Economy Bill. Following the serious dressing down they received from the Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee the Government have confirmed that they will be amending some key parts of the Bill at report stage […]

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Dec 5th 2014

Briefing Note: Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

We have produced a briefing document on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), the main surveillance legislation that is used by public authorities, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies. The briefing can be accessed here. BACKGROUND RIPA governs the use of covert surveillance powers. In 2012 the Protection of Freedoms Act was introduced, partly […]

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Nov 24th 2014

BRIEFING NOTE: Counter Terrorism and Security Bill and IP address matching

The Government has announced that it will bring forward proposals to enable IP address matching. The measures would require internet firms to keep records of customer information, to enable law enforcement bodies to decipher who was using a device, such as a smart phone or computer, at a given time. We have produced a briefing […]

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Nov 14th 2014

New Report: Patient confidentiality broken 6 times a day

Our new report, NHS Data Breaches (PDF), highlights the  scale of data breaches in the NHS. The research reveals examples of medical data being lost, shared on social media, and inappropriately shared with third parties. The report shows that between 2011 to 2014, there have been at least 7,255 breaches. This is the equivalent to […]

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