Snoopers' Charter

No, Amber Rudd, You Still Shouldn't Get To See My WhatsApp Messages

Tom Edwards | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Tech
Tom Edwards

The Prime Minister and Home Secretary should be asking themselves what exactly it is they are trying to protect from these terrorists, if not the basic freedoms of their citizens? They would likely argue that if we've done nothing wrong, we have nothing to hide - and should therefore be more than happy for the government to snoop in on our messages. But that's not the point.

Join Our Legal Challenge Against Our Authoritarian Surveillance Regime

Silkie Carlo | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Silkie Carlo

The Snoopers' Charter re-introduced the same powers that have just been declared illegal - and added new, even more intrusive, ones. But creating a new law for 2017 cannot let the Government circumvent the human rights law that protects us. So today Liberty has launched The People vs the Snoopers' Charter - a legal challenge against this authoritarian surveillance regime, backed by the ordinary people subjected to its gaze.

EU Snooper's Charter Ruling Is An Embarrassment For May

Jim Killock | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jim Killock

It was the Government's appeal that sent the case back to the CJEU, where the High Court asked for clarification of its ruling on the Data Retention Directive. The Prime Minister may live to regret this. Her decision to push on regardless with the Investigatory Powers Act suggests that she thought the CJEU's ruling may have been limited.

The Waugh Zone November 30, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday, November 30… 1) DONALD, DUCK! At PMQs a fortnight ago, Jeremy Corbyn exploited Tory discomfort ...

Parliament Must Debate The Investigatory Powers Bill Again

Jim Killock | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Tech
Jim Killock

I do not believe that Parliament has given this Bill the thought it deserved and is weaker for that lack of serious challenge. For these reasons, I would urge that people keep signing the petition, and continue building the number up. Parliament must be shown that there is still a great deal of concern.

48 Organisations That Can See Your Internet History, Even If You Delete It

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 26.11.2016 | UK Tech

If you think GCHQ are the only ones that can view your browsing history you might want to think again. The newly enforced Investigatory Powers Bill gi...

The Snoopers' Charter Has Arrived, Now What Do We Do?

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Tech

The Investigatory Powers Bill (otherwise known as the Snoopers’ Charter) is finally here and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about. Within it...

The Snoopers' Charter Only Codifies The Extreme Of What Was Already Being Done Unlawfully

Ryan Browne | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Ryan Browne

Despite voicing their concerns about these powers, one question has still lingered on my mind: what exactly prevented the Silicon Valley giants from being able to block the disclosure of sensitive, private communications prior to the proposal of the bill?

UK Spy Agencies 'Unlawfully' Collected Your Personal Data For Over A Decade

Press Association | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Tech

The UK’s spy agencies including MI5, MI6 and GCHQ breached privacy rules by spending 10 years collecting vast amounts of personal information. Senio...

Lib Dem Attack On Shami Chakrabarti Backfires As Snoopers' Charter Amendment Pulled

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Politics

Labour has slammed Lib Dem leader Tim Farron after he tried and failed to humiliate Shami Chakrabarti for not supporting an amendment on the Snooper...

Shami Chakrabarti Has 'Sold The Final Bit Of Her Credibility' In Abstaining On Snoopers' Charter

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Politics

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has accused Shami Chakrabarti of “selling out” on civil liberties after it emerged that Labour would abstain on a key vo...

We Can Stay Safe Without Creating a Surveillance State

Tom Watson | Posted 23.07.2017 | 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 02.07.2017 | 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 14.06.2017 | 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 26.04.2017 | 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 05.04.2017 | 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 16.03.2017 | 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 11.02.2017 | 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 20.01.2017 | 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.