Dec 5th 2017

Review of security and intelligence services proposes using algorithms and increasing bulk personal datasets to catch terrorists

The Home Office has today published an independent review of how UK intelligence services dealt with information about the individuals responsible for a spate of terrorist attacks earlier this year. The report by the ex-Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, examines what MI5 and the National Counter Terrorism Police Headquarters knew about those […]

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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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May 23rd 2016

Counter-Extremism Bill: Leading civil liberties campaigners raise concerns with proposals

Big Brother Watch have joined with a range of civil liberties groups, campaigners, legal professionals, journalists and other leading figures to give a joint statement raising our concerns with the proposed Counter-Extremism Bill. The statement: We are a cross section of British society who believe in the necessity of keeping our nation safe and secure. To […]

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Sep 3rd 2014

Briefing Note: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

In an address to Parliament on 1st September 2014, the Prime Minister announced a series of new measures to assist with combating terrorist threats. Included in this was the declaration that the Government would “introduce new powers to add” to the current system of Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs). Specifically, it was mooted that […]

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