Oct 31st 2012

Public don’t trust Snoopers’ Charter and say it’s a waste of money

Today Big Brother Watch has published new research showing just how little support the Home Office’s draft Communications Data bill has. You can read our briefing on the bill here and why we don’t think it’s right the Government passes a law requiring data to be stored about everyone’s communications. Witnesses have lined up to […]

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Jul 11th 2012

Big Brother Watch in Parliament

This afternoon Big Brother Watch director Nick Pickles gave evidence to the Joint Committee on the draft Communications Data Bill. You can now watch the session online here. During the session Nick revealed that a Big Brother Freedom of Information Act request exposed how Kent Police internally rejected 3237 requests for communications data in the […]

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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 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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