UK Surveillance

The Investigatory Powers Act Is Now Law, Despite Privacy Fears

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Tech

The most extreme surveillance legislation “in the history of western democracy” came into force today, after the Queen signed the Investigatory Po...

The 'Snoopers' Charter' Petition Has Reached The Target Needed For Parliamentary Debate

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Tech

The controversial Investigatory Powers Bill (otherwise known as the Snoopers’ Charter) is now just weeks away from Royal Assent and already a petiti...

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 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?

The Facebook/Admiral Scandal Shows The Limits And Dangers Of Big Data Capitalism

Christian Fuchs | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Tech
Christian Fuchs

Risk is the insurance's commodity: Humans are looking for certainty in an uncertain world and insurance companies promise them means of managing risk. Insurance companies' capital accumulation model is that they seek for ways of minimising the number of actual insurance events in order to maximise their profits.

Have You Got What It Takes? GCHQ Launches Its Own Puzzle Book

Press Association | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Tech

Think you could be the next real James Bond? As many actual spies will confirm, the life of today’s secret agent is about code-breaking, hacking and...

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...

The Future of Privacy: Who Protects the Public From Themselves?

Mark Hillary | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

he extent of NSA monitoring revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden showed that democratic and supposedly "free" governments do already attempt to monitor us. The scale of monitoring required is vast, but the technology is catching up. There are two technological changes that are taking place at present that I believe will fundamentally change our approach to privacy...

Going Undercover: What Pretending to Be a Cop Shows Us About How Surveillance Works

Matt Adams | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Matt Adams

Operation Black Antler draws on this work. It may sound like a game but it's a very serious kind of play. It puts you in a position of power and invites you to consider how to use it. At its heart is a simple question: if you were in charge of surveillance, what would you do?

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.

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...

Why Bosses Snooping on Our Emails Could Do Us All a Favour

Nitya Rajan | Posted 16.01.2016 | UK Tech
Nitya Rajan

While I don't agree with mass surveillance and I do believe in the right to respect one's "private and family life," the outcry also got me thinking about why bosses snooping on our emails could be a good thing.

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.

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.

Telegraph Bosses Withdraw Motion Sensors To Monitor Journalists At Their Desks

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK

Telegraph bosses have caved to pressure from staff to withdraw controversial motion sensors that were installed under their desks without notice on Mo...

Katie Hopkins Backs Donald Trump, Calls For Surveillance In Mosques

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK

Controversial columnist Katie Hopkins has accused Muslims who oppose heightened surveillance of mosques in Britain of having “something to hide”. ...

2015: When the State Met the Social Media Company

Alex Krasodomski-Jones | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Politics
Alex Krasodomski-Jones

Illegal guns and child pornography are bought and sold. Terror groups are using Facebook to radicalise young people in their bedrooms. Islamic State propaganda is splattered across the internet in greater quantities and in plainer sight than ever. Why isn't Twitter capable of getting rid of this stuff? Social media companies should be doing more!

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...

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

George Dokimakis | Posted 16.11.2016 | 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.

Freedom, Liberty and Justice

Steven Woolfe | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

I entered politics because I wanted to fight and campaign against the ongoing suppression of our nation's freedoms from the European Union, yet here we see the vital freedom of privacy from the state is being undermined and disregarded by our own UK government.

Surveillance Bill: A Cyber Security Expert's View

George Dokimakis | Posted 05.11.2016 | UK Tech
George Dokimakis

If the government really wanted to make a difference, it would properly penalise companies that underinvest in security and lose people's information with little to no impact. It would not ask them to increase the data they are holding about individuals. Holding more data about individuals will make subsequent data losses catastrophic to their everyday lives.

The Snooper's Charter: We Separate The Fact From The Fiction

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Tech

The Investigatory Powers Bill has finally arrived in draft form. At nearly 300 pages long it is a complete unification of the current surveillance law...

Mass Surveillance: Britain's Internet Must Remain Free

James Coe | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Tech
James Coe

The answer to our surveillance dilemma lies in targeted surveillance, a warrant process overseen by the judiciary, an annual parliamentary public scrutiny of the security services, legislated protections for the professional privileges of doctors and lawyers and, most of all, a proper and lengthy public debate void of vague and fear inducing inferences to terror plots and criminal gangs.