Jul 16th 2012

Two innocent people imprisoned by communications data blunder

In his latest report Sir Paul Kennedy, the Interception of Communications Commissioner details how two members of the public were arrested by police and wrongly accused of crimes because officials wrote down the wrong numbers. Two police forces were given the wrong information by a communications service provider (CSP) which led to two people being […]

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Jul 5th 2012

First come black boxes, then comes the abuse.

In a legal process filed earlier this week, American campaign group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has highlighted the dangers of allowing the Government to install it’s own ‘black box’ hardware into the communications network – as currently proposed by the draft Communications Data Bill. The EFF is currently pursuing a lawsuit against what it […]

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Jun 20th 2012

Communications Data Myth Busting : The Central Database

Today at Prime Ministers questions, a popular myth about the draft Communications Data Bill was yet again used by the Government. Labour Mr John Cryer asked: “Can you tell the House how the snoopers’ charter, which the Government plans to introduce shortly, differs from the proposals in 2009, which both governing parties opposed when they […]

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Jun 17th 2012

Postcard powers are nothing to do with technology

Every year, around 130 million postcards are sent to people in Britain. And according to the Draft Communications Data Bill, the Home Office wants to know what we’re saying on them. The draft Bill is clear: “postal item” means— (a) any letter, postcard or other such thing in writing as may be used by the […]

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Jun 14th 2012

The Communications Data Bill – we are all suspects now

Let’s bust some myths. Right now – without any new powers – the police and security services can read your emails, tap your phone, plant hidden cameras and microphones in your house and intercept your internet use. All of which can be done without any approval of a judge. Since 2005, there have been more […]

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