UK Prism

Mass Spying By The UK Revealed By Edward Snowden Was Actually Illegal

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK

Mass surveillance of the internet by UK intelligence services has been unlawful in the past but now complies with legislation, a watchdog has ruled. ...

Blaming Facebook for Terrorism Is Not the Answer

Paul Blanchard | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Tech
Paul Blanchard

The Internet is a vast place. Bigger than anyone, except a computer scientist, can imagine. It's a massive iceberg. What we see via Google and any other search engine is called the Clearnet and is potentially less than two per cent of what's actually out there, buried deep down in the Darknet or Deep Web.

The Rise of Anonymous and the Darker Side of Social

Richard Jones | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Tech
Richard Jones

Today, social channels have cemented themselves as pivotal elements in our communications ecosystems, helping us to manage our busy lives and stay connected at all times, but our attitudes to sharing are beginning to change.

Work for the American Government? Listen In

Alastair Sloan | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

Call me a whistleblowing geek - but I keep a poster of Daniel Ellsberg on the board above my desk. I'm an independent freelance journalist, and in the...

Senator Files Lawsuit Against Obama Over NSA Surveillance Programmes

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

A Republican senator is to hit president Obama with a lawsuit on Wednesday that aims to halt surveillance by USA spy agencies which have been intercep...

The Americans Are Ready to Reform Surveillance Laws, So Why Aren't We?

Emma Carr | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Emma Carr

The Snowden revelations have indicated that the security services have engaged in legally dubious gathering and monitoring of our communications data. We know that they, along with some ministers, want the legal power to do this on an even larger scale. David Davis MP recently requested his mobile phone provider to give him all the data they held on him for a single year. What they gave him could fill a shelf and highlighted serious implications for our privacy that access to metadata can have.

Edward Snowden: Friend or Foe?

Francisca Stewart | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francisca Stewart

Edward Snowden is presently one of the most controversial figures. When I Google him, headlines labeling him an 'American Hero' pop up while others tout him as a traitor. He has opened up an important debate about a citizen's right to privacy...

Edward Snowden A 'Hero' In UK

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot and Sunny Freeman | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

The majority of Brits believe surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden is a hero, according to a survey, and have a far more favourable view of the f...

Edward Snowden and Leak Mania

James Snell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Once more, the spectre of Prism haunts the news agenda. Edward Snowden, a wannabe Julian Assange (what a compliment, by the way) has been periodically releasing tranche after tranche of secret documents on British and American intelligence programmes.

'We Need To Intercept Emails'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics

Major terror plots against the UK have been foiled BECAUSE of email interceptions by GCHQ and other security agencies, according to a former foreign s...

The Guardian Was Right to 'Help Terrorists'

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sam Fowles

It's a matter of supreme irony that The Daily Mail choose the same week in which they condemned the Royal Charter on Press Regulation as censorship, to invoke the language of McCarthy against a fellow newspaper.

'Mass Surveillance Doesn't Make Us Safer'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has insisted that surveillance programmes are not making countries safer, but is hurting economies and societies, in new ...

UK Spies Could Face European Court For Snooping On Citizens

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK

The UK's most vociferous privacy campaigners have slammed the British justice system as not fit for purpose, in dealing with damning allegations about...

Paul Vale

Could British Newspapers Move To US For Greater Protection Against Censorship?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK

The future of British newspapers could be abroad, according to the editor of the Guardian. Speaking at a talk at the New York Public Library on Wednes...

NSA Intel Goldmine, Who Else Has Access?

Arjen Kamphuis | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
Arjen Kamphuis

Nobody, including the NSA, Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald has a total oversight of all the in the tens of thousands of documents let alone the political or strategic implications of the info contained in them. Most of the news keeps focusing on the 'scandal' aspect and/or the person of Snowden...

The Privatisation of Intelligence Services and the Erosion of Security

Will Black | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics
Will Black

Edward Snowden gave away state secrets because he believed the public should know what the American government does in its name. Due to the privatisation of intelligence services, there are many more people out there with sensitive data who could be persuaded to part with it by nothing more than a smile from a pretty face or one too many pints of beer.

How to Not Get Distracted During the Great Privacy Debate

Andy Kahl | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Tech
Andy Kahl

PRISM has brought the issue of privacy to the forefront of the news agenda, but is just one type of data sharing. Whenever you check an email, buy groceries, visit a cash machine, or watch a television show, data about you and your activities is collected for later use.

Big Data: Businesses Must Remember to Take Out Their Rubbish

Nick Patience | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Tech
Nick Patience

In the wake of revelations and consumer backlash against PRISM, big businesses around the world are coming under increasing pressure to give users more insight into and guarantees about how they are using their data.

Is Modern Surveillance Really 'Orwellian'?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

We need a much larger, open public debate to determine the balance between security and liberty in a digital age. But too many sensible opponents are disposed to calling surveillance measures 'Orwellian'... regular refrain to our most celebrated dystopian nightmare is not helpful.

Bradley Manning Term 'A Tactical Victory'

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

Julian Assange has spoken out following the sentencing of Bradley Manning, the American army private who disclosed more than 700,000 confidential docu...

Nag Your MP to Save Your Freedom to Protest

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Lindsell

The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill poses dangers to civil liberty: freedoms of protest and of association are threatened.

But What Has Google Ever Done for Us?

Alice Bonasio | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Tech
Alice Bonasio

In the past months there's been a seismic shift in how Google is perceived by the media, government and public in the UK. From being pretty much universally loved and admired as a bastion of corporate goodness Google now finds itself mocked for its "Don't Be Evil" slogan and accused of either condoning or facilitating a range of despicable deeds...

The Prism Kerfuffle Won't Halt the 'Pringle Effect' Data Has on Marketing

Matthew Heath | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK
Matthew Heath

The reality is that we have become too used to sharing, too used to the value we get from exchanging our data with others, to go back to a world in which the closest a brand could get to an individual customer preference was by extrapolating it from a qualitative research finding.

Snowden Issued Documents To Leave Moscow Airport

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been given documents allowing him to leave a Moscow airport where he has been trapped for a month, Russian me...

Brit Spies 'Did Not Use Prism To Dodge The Law'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK

Britain's spying bosses did not use a controversial US surveillance programme to dodge UK laws, according to a parliamentary committee. GCHQ had be...