May 3rd 2012

Website blocking and privacy : it’s all or nothing

Over the past week we’ve had the continued fall out from the Pirate Bay court ruling and Claire Perry MP’s continued calls for an opt-in content filter in the UK. The cries of ‘something must be done’ have been heard loud and clear – but is anyone thinking through what it being proposed? Both the […]

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Feb 15th 2012

SOCA takes down RNBExclusive

Responding to the Serious and Organised Crime agency’s take-down of rnbexclusive.com: Nick Pickles, director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “I welcome targeted action against websites profiting from infringing content, but the message displayed by SOCA is potentially misleading to the public, along with the threat of putting your internet […]

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Jan 24th 2012

Why fake handbags could mean your internet activity is monitoried

Back in 2007, L’Oreal and other luxury brands brought a court case against eBay because of fake goods being sold on the site. In many ways, the arguments were the same as those advanced in support of SOPA and PIPA – namely, that sites should take on a much greater policing role themselves, and be […]

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Jan 17th 2012

Going offline to defend privacy and freedom online

On January 18 2011, Wikipedia will voluntarily shut its website down for twelve hours, in protest at two pieces of legislation being considered in the US – SOPA and PIPA. Big Brother Watch will be doing the same. Yes, it may appear a futile gesture. But we believe this is too important an issue to […]

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