Snoopers' Charter

We Can Stay Safe Without Creating a Surveillance State

Tom Watson | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Watson

The security services have an important job to do keeping us safe and they carry it out with distinction but many of us question whether mass surveillance and state snooping is a price worth paying. Judicial oversight is essential if we are to maintain the right balance between civil liberties and state power. I hope the new Prime Minister will reflect on this. Strong leaders are capable of recognising they made mistakes in the past and taking steps to rectify them.

Theresa May Offers Nothing New

Aditya Dabral | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Aditya Dabral

The whirlwind of events that transpired on Thursday morning will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on British politics. Boris Johnson, a man who many considered to be heir apparent to the premiership, made the remarkable announcement that he would not run for Prime Minister in the wake of Michael Gove's announcement that he would, branding Johnson simply as being "not the right person". The result? Pandemonium.

Legal Debates on Decryption and "Contents of the Mind"

Julian Vigo | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

On 25 February, Magistrate Alicia G Rosenburg signed the first ever seizure warrant for a fingerprint to unlock the iPhone of Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan in ...

With the Snoopers' Charter, Our Digital Security Is Under Attack in the Name of Total Surveillance

Silkie Carlo | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Silkie Carlo

The Investigatory Powers Bill proliferates spying for the sake of spying. It legalises the speculative mass surveillance powers being challenged in court by Liberty - and ignores suggestions there could be a better, more effective way. The Government sees the positive steps we all take to protect our privacy as a threat to be overcome at all costs, while failing to target resources at the real dangers.

Cassetteboy Are Back And They're Taking Down The Snoopers' Charter

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Tech

Cassetteboy have struck again and this time their attention is on the Investigatory Powers Bill aka the Snoopers' Charter. Set to Every Breath You Tak...

It's the Young Who Will Suffer in Our Surveillance Society

Harry Howard | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Howard

We need to start thinking differently about the way in which we use our modern devices, or alternatively we need to redefine the concept of privacy, because when it suits our employer and government overlords, it is an entirely disregarded principle.

Snooper's Charter Step One in Silencing a Free Press

David Mooney | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Something's gone wrong when a Bill is so comfortably passed because it's not in any of the members' interests to see it rejected. 281 MPs want to know who's saying what and what you're up to. And the opposition stood and watched while democracy died a little on the inside.

MPs Will Debate 900-Page 'Snoopers' Charter' For Just Five Hours

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Politics

The Government risks undermining civil liberties by trying to push through its ‘snoopers’ charter’ with little scrutiny from MPs, a pressure gro...

900-Page 'Snoopers' Charter' Shows 'Complete Disregard' For Democracy

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics

The Government has shown “a complete disregard” for Parliament by publishing a ‘snoopers’ charter’ that gives authorities extra surveillance...

SNP: New Surveillance Laws Are A 'Rush Job'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics

The Government has been accused of “rushing” its proposed “snooper’s charter” amid fears it hands sweeping powers to the authorities and spo...

The Investigatory Powers Bill: Huge Legislation, But There Remain Fundamental Issues to Be Resolved

Stuart McDonald | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics
Stuart McDonald

12 weeks of scrutiny by the committee was intense. Now Parliament as a whole needs months of rigorous debate to make sure we strike the right balance: between providing the powers our agencies and law enforcement need to protect us; and the privacy we rightly demand.

The Government Is Criticising Its Own 'Snoopers' Charter'. Again

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech

The human rights group Liberty has called on a major redraft of the government's Investigatory Powers Bill, otherwise known as the 'Snoopers' Charter'...

MPs: Theresa May's 'Snooper's Charter' So Confusing Even Spooks Can't Explain It

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Politics

The Government’s proposed “snooper’s charter” should be re-written, “undermines” privacy and hands sweeping powers to the authorities to f...

The Investigatory Powers Bill - Bad for People and Businesses

Mike Weston | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Tech
Mike Weston

Placing a legal obligation on companies to snoop on their own customers is a recipe for disaster. Not only will it undermine trust, it also gives unscrupulous tech companies ample opportunity to exploit the data they collect for their own purposes under the guise of legal authority.

Snooping on Employee's Emails: Don't Believe the Hype

Andrew Cutting | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Tech
Andrew Cutting

Legislation has not been altered as a result of Tuesday's judgment. In short, not much has changed. On the positive side, perhaps this week's misinformed media storm will help persuade workers and their bosses to clarify exactly where the boundaries lie concerning personal communications at work.

We're Not As Scared As We Should Be About The 'Snoopers' Charter'

Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Tech
Thomas Tamblyn

The 'Snoopers' Charter' is confusing, worrying and for many, just jargon so to try and clear this issue up I chatted with Richard Anstey, EMEA CTO at Intralinks, a secure online collaboration platform to find out.

Theresa May Has Finally Revealed Whether Spies Will Read Your Messages

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Tech

The Home Secretary Theresa May has confirmed that the controversial Investigatory Powers Bill or the 'Snoopers' Charter' will not ban the encryption t...

Who Informs the Guards: Scrutinising the Snoopers' Charter

Gabriel Webber | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

The snoopers' charter has been much derided. My gut reaction is that the critics are right. But at least our lawmakers are taking the public's concerns seriously and are going to extraordinary lengths to make the right decision.

Apple Fires The First Shot Against The 'Snooper's Charter'

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Tech

Apple has taken its first step in what will almost certainly be a long and drawn out conflict of words with the British government over the controvers...

Release Shrewsbury 24 'Show-Trial' Documents Or We Won't Support Spying Bill, Labour Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK

Labour is threatening to oppose new government spying powers unless documents related to the "political motivated show-trial" of the so-called Shrewsb...

Have Your Say on the Future of Surveillance in the UK

Renate Samson | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Tech
Renate Samson

Now that every aspect of our day to day lives is conducted online, our homes and cars are connected to the internet and data is the very life blood of society, it's no longer a case of nothing to hide nothing to fear.

Mehdi Hasan Has A Brilliant Riposte To Those Calling For More Surveillance After Paris

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK

Mehdi Hasan has eloquently countered calls for an increase in surveillance after the terror attacks in Paris, arguing: "That's what the terrorists wan...

Civil Liberties After Paris

Oliver Troen | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Oliver Troen

New legislation may still conflict with certain individual freedoms. But If intelligence gathering procedures are strengthened then they may prevent an attack like the one we saw in Paris this weekend. This may keep hundreds of people alive. What greater freedom is there than that?

The Paris Attacks Demonstrate Why the Snooper's Charter Will Not Make Us Safer

George Dokimakis | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
George Dokimakis

In times like these, we need to stand up and show that we will not be intimidated by such atrocious acts. The cost to our civil liberties is not worth the price paid, especially when we will not be any safer with it.

Less Spying, More Talking

Olivia Flynn | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Politics
Olivia Flynn

The head of MI5, Andrew Parker, warned recently of the scale of terror threats facing the UK. As social interaction--and with it radicalisation and ex...