Oct 13th 2015

A step forward for privacy as Obama backs down over weakened encryption

Over the weekend President Obama’s administration announced that they would no longer pursue calls for weakened encryption. Increasingly technology companies are ensuring that encryption comes as standard on new devices.  The key to the encrypted data is placed in the hand of the customer not held by the company. This means that messages, photos and […]

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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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Mar 20th 2014

Is BT handing over data on Brits in bulk?

Last year, the Guardian published an order under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act made to Verizon, which made clear that the NSA was collecting details of phone calls made by American citizens not on a targeted basis, but in bulk. We have a simple question – is the same happening here? Appearing before the […]

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Feb 10th 2014

Paper on security and privacy for the ISC

Big Brother Watch was invited to submit a paper to the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, relating to it’s inquiry into the balance between security and privacy. You can now read our submission below. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In a Democratic society, some secrecy is tolerated, as are some intrusions upon liberty and privacy, provided the […]

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Jan 27th 2014

Does Dishfire circumvent British law?

If GCHQ or any other agency is obtaining mobile phone data through the Dishfire programme without a RIPA notice, that is circumventing British law. The statements made have sought to only address questions about content being accessed, not metadata. This confusion should be urgently addressed. Under UK law, if an agency or police force want […]

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