UK Surveillance

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 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.

Freedom, Liberty and Justice

Steven Woolfe | Posted 11.11.2015 | 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 06.11.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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.

This Is What The Actual Head Of MI5 Thinks Of James Bond Films

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK

The head of MI5 has revealed he loves James Bond films because they are nothing like the actual work of British spies, in the first live interview of ...

Trending: Police Snooping Requests To Twitter

PA | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK

Snooping requests made by British authorities to Twitter have more than doubled - but the site rejects about half of them, new figures reveal. Poli...

The Public Acceptance Challenge Facing Civil Drone Use

Alan Mckenna | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Tech
Alan Mckenna

Drones are currently one of the fastest moving technology stories, but included in the growing daily newsflow coverage are clear warning signs of the challenges facing civil drone use due to various public concerns.

The Waugh Zone July 23, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday July 23, 2015... 1) JEREMY GERONIMO! After the Blair-Corbyn tit-for-tat yesterday...

Why Banning Encryption Just Won't Work

Tom Gaffney | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Tech
Tom Gaffney

This attitude encourages people who value privacy to seek out tools to protect it and this leads to encryption. The United States-based providers Google, Facebook and Apple all added encryption to their services as a response to Snowden. But now, the UK Government wants to go after that.

Why Today's Ruling on the Government's Snooping Law Is a Landmark Victory

James Welch | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
James Welch

Today's ruling should surely convince the home secretary that it's now time for the Government to commit to surveillance conducted with respect for privacy, democracy and the rule of law - rather than stubbornly ploughing ahead with more of the same.

The Met's 'Creepy' Photo Of Michael McIntyre Has Landed Them In Serious Trouble

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Chris York | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK

A photograph of Michael McIntyre taken from aboard a Met Police helicopter and posted to twitter is being investigated by the information watchdog. ...

Met Police Helicopter Deletes 'Creepy' Tweet Of Michael McIntyre

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK

A Met Police helicopter has tweeted out a picture that appears to be of comedian, Michael McIntyre. The now-deleted tweet by the National Police A...

Is the UK Government About to Ban WhatsApp?

Dr Andres Guadamuz | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Andres Guadamuz

I have been baffled by the headlines assuring us that the end of Whatsapp is near. The problem is that as of today, there is no actual proposal from the government that says that encrypted tools and apps will be outlawed, banned, restricted, regulated, or subjected to licensing.

Is Snapchat a Threat to National Security?

Andrew Murray | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Murray

There is a risk that a terrorist cell may use WhatsApp to organise a terrorist attack, but equally there is a risk they will use a family car to carry a car bomb or public transport to get to their target. Are we also going to ban public transport and family cars unless the security services have the ability to monitor everyone who makes use of them?

Why Are UK Spooks Spying on Amnesty International?

Allan Hogarth | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Allan Hogarth

We must have answers. Indiscriminate mass surveillance has an impact that reaches far beyond Amnesty. It threatens the vital work of other organisations and it impacts you. Yes, you! In accepting your government encroaching into your private communications you risk sleepwalking into a surveillance culture.

Jack Sommers

GCHQ's Awkward Spying Mea Culpa Has Amnesty Fuming | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK

The government's eavesdropping agency spied on one of world's most prominent civil liberties campaign groups, it has been revealed. GCHQ put Amnest...

We Have a Chance to Secure Real Reform of Our Spying Laws

Rachel Robinson | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Rachel Robinson

With the much-touted Investigatory Powers Bill looming - it's in the Government's interest to make this black and white: either you believe in stopping terrorism and serious crime or you believe in the fundamental right to privacy. One or the other, you can't have both.

Only Real Transparency Can Build Public Trust in How Surveillance Powers Are Used

Daniel Nesbitt | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Nesbitt

The need for more information is given greater urgency by the words of Commander Richard Martin, head of intelligence and covert policing at the Met. In the article Commander Martin states that Communications Data is now routinely used in almost every criminal investigation.

You Can Now Power Your Gadgets Over WiFi. Mind Blown.

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Tech

Imagine a camera that has no wires. It doesn't have a battery either, and yet it's still able to take pictures or even send a live feed back to a smar...

Tim Cook Really Doesn't Hold Back In This Powerful Speech On Privacy

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Tech

Apple's CEO Tim Cook has delivered a powerful speech against the big companies in Silicon Valley that are selling your data. Speaking at the Electr...

Police Ask To Access Our Phone And Email Records Every Two Minutes

PA | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK

Police ask for permission to access people's private communications data once every two minutes - and are granted access more than 90% of the time, a ...

On Tuesday I Signed a Letter to All MPs Calling for Greater Parliamentary Scrutiny of Surveillance Laws: Here's Why

Andrew Murray | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Murray

We do not want the Government to be unable to carry out reasonable surveillance to protect the state and all those resident in the UK. We have written this letter to ensure proper Parliamentary scrutiny of any such provision and to ensure the Rule of Law is followed.

The Tories Are Trying To Give Your WhatsApp Messages To MI5

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Tech

Google, Facebook and others may be forced to hand over the messages of their users to government security agencies such as GCHQ and MI5 as part of two...