Jun 26th 2013

A failiure of oversight that goes beyond the police

The revelations about the Metropolitan Police’s efforts to discredit the family of Steven Lawrence have rightly brought cross-party condemnation. Taken alongside disclosures from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the wider questions about the oversight of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies are too important to ignore. As David Davis MP wrote in the Guardian: “Sadly this […]

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May 1st 2013

Is anonymous whistleblowing a thing of the past?

We have warned on multiple occasions about the abuse of surveillance powers by public authorities and the subsequent importance of having judicial approval for officials who want to snoop on us, whether it is in the ‘real’ world or online. Last year we highlighted that more than three million authorisations under the Regulation of Investigatory […]

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Mar 27th 2013

The social media shaped hole in surveillance law

Over the last decade there has been an increasing change in the nature of surveillance – particularly the ability to search online, through social networks and through semi-public sources of information, reinforcing the need for the law to be reformed to protect the public from unwarranted surveillance. What needs to be made very clear is […]

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Oct 11th 2012

Cambridge Council doesn’t let the law get in the way

“Technically, this amounted to intrusive surveillance, which the police can authorise, but the council cannot.”   Cambridge City Council report. As reported on the front page of today’s Cambridge News, a report to Cambridge city council, to be discussed next week, highlights how the Council signed off on an operation to install hidden CCTV cameras […]

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May 9th 2012

Queen points to Communications Data Bill

“My Government intends to bring forward measures to maintain the ability of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access vital communications data under strict safeguards to protect the public, subject to scrutiny of draft clauses.” So there we have it – the Communication Capabilities Development Programme will have it’s day in Parliament. We don’t […]

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