UK Surveillance

Introducing Detekt - Has It Got the Spooks Spooked?

Tanya O'Carroll | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Tanya O'Carroll

'Detekt' is not the answer to the daunting and growing problem of unlawful government surveillance. But it is another small step on the road. Big brother is watching. At least in some cases, we can now see what he's looking at.

Why Surveillance Cameras in Care Homes Are a Bad Idea

Davina Ludlow | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Davina Ludlow

Last week, the social care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, agreed to publish guidance for the public and care home providers on the use of overt and covert surveillance in care homes.

Spycam Hacking Shock

Graham Welch | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

What shocked me about this story was not that this happens, but that people are surprised it has and we have failed to take even the most basic security steps like setting a password when connecting cameras and monitors to the Internet.

Surveillance = Killing

Kevin Lo | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
Kevin Lo

Reprieve recently filed a complaint with the UK government regarding BT's role in facilitating surveillance that leads to killing. BT has persistently refused to come clean on its collaboration with intelligence agencies. We can only hope that the UK government can get from BT the answers we deserve.

Snowden's Romantic Ballet Date Proves Life Isn't All Bad For Whistleblowers

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK

Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks, is currently serving 35 years in prison. Mordechai Vanunu, who le...

Human Rights in the Digital Age

Thomas Hughes | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Tech
Thomas Hughes

The last decade has seen massive, global technological change, creating a multitude of opportunities to strengthen the protection of the right to freedom of expression and information.

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 t...

Google Alerts Police Over Child Abuse Images In Gmail

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Tech

Google has reported a man to the police after spotting images of child abuse on his Gmail account. The man, a convicted sex offender, was then arre...

11 Things That Happened In The Real World During #Reshuffle

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK

While Westminster obsessed over Michael Gove's demotion sideways move, and the Daily Mail swooned over the height of Esther McVey's blow-dry, real thi...

Concrete Donkey? Leaked 'Spy Tools' List Is Disturbing, Oddly Hilarious

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Tech

A leaked list of tools allegedly developed by the intelligence agency GCHQ to spy on internet users has revealed the vast - and arguably bizarre - ext...

The Problem With the Secret Service - Is the Secrecy

Harriet Garland | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Harriet Garland

It is very difficult to interrogate the legality of a programme of surveillance, when the people having done it, refuse to acknowledge it happened. The UK programme, called 'TEMPORA' has been a bone of contention since the start of these proceedings. GCHQ refuses to acknowledge that it exists, despite tacitly acknowledging it exists, by defending the legal basis for its existence.

It's Even More Important Now We Read Your Emails, David Cameron Says

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics

A secret deal struck between party leaders fast-tracking legislation to allow police and MI5 to access your mobile and internet data has been branded ...

The Missing Surveillance Debate: How Mistrust Undermines Our Civil Liberties

Louis Reynolds | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Politics
Louis Reynolds

Last week the Home Secretary once again advanced the argument for granting the intelligence services new powers, reigniting the debate over the proper limits of state surveillance. It's a familiar contest made more important by the legacy of the Snowdon intelligence leaks, and more urgent by recent events Iraq.

The Lack of Debate Over GCHQ Surveillance Is Dangerous

Madeleine Fry | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Politics
Madeleine Fry

And so their watch continues. Last week's news confirmed what we already knew, courtesy of Edward Snowden - that UK intelligence services have been intercepting our private messages on email and social media networks, supposedly with the backing of the law and in the name of national defence...

It Isn't the Spying That Matters It's How They Use the Results

John Watson | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Watson

Once upon a time an Englishman's home was his castle but now a whole range of public authorities can get access for one purpose or another. We need to see that this does not happen with confidential information.

The Year of Edward Snowden

Annie Machon | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

On this anniversary, I want to salute the bravery of Edward Snowden. His conscious courage has given us all a fighting chance against a corporate-industrial-intelligence complex that is running amok across the world. I hope that we can all find within us an answering courage to do what is right and indeed take back our rights. His bravery and sacrifice must not be in vain.

'Squalid And Rancid' Government Spying Must Be Stopped, Says Stephen Fry

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK

Stephen Fry has condemned "disgraceful" mass surveillance of communications by spy agencies GCHQ and the NSA and said it was "very depressing" how muc...

Why Did China Just Accuse The US Of A 'Gross Violation Of Human Rights'?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Tech

China has accused the United States of using the internet to spy on its leaders "in complete disregard of moral integrity". The report - published ...

The Artists Reclaiming Our Data

Peter Yeung | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

Just as Ayn Rand's Roark subversively demolishes the Corlandt building after promises are broken and his designs changed, these artists are undermining a society that no longer functions for the benefit of the common people. Their art not only brings home the reality of today's surveillance state, but asks, do we have to live this this?

The Digitisation of the Court Room - a Step Into the 21st Century

Milly (Millicent) Bygrave | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Politics
Milly (Millicent) Bygrave

In light of the 'Criminal Justice System Digital Business Model' being launched and police body surveillance camera schemes being piloted within the UK, Milly Bygrave explores what impact this scheme could have on our justice system and what lies in the future of digital evidence.

'Sextortion' Gang Linked To Scottish Boy's Suicide Arrested In Philippines

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Tech

Police in the Philippines have arrested more than 60 people accused of blackmailing thousands of people online after convincing them to have cybersex ...

Theatre Review, Privacy: Frightening Impact of Mass Surveillance Laid Bare

Victoria Sadler | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Privacy is a really sharp, relevant play that looks at the frightening impact of mass surveillance. By addressing this vital issue head on, Privacy is unequivocally a play for our time.

GCHQ, the Guardian and British Political Culture: Lessons From the Snowden Leaks

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

owever powerful the pressure to conform, to take the cheque and keep quiet, there will always be those who, moved by injustice, will speak out. But it counts for little, unless we all speak out together.

Don't Spy on Us

Allan Hogarth | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK
Allan Hogarth

The Edward Snowden revelations exposed the possibility that state surveillance may have intruded into the lives of UK citizens... It would appear that slowly our politicians are beginning to wake up to this serious issue and daring to ask questions of the intelligence establishment.

The Surveillance Debate - Shaken But Not Stirred

Eva Pascoe | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics
Eva Pascoe

Yvette Cooper was a member of ISC, the Intelligence and Security Committee from 1997-1999, so although not a Bond girl, she knows very well how to shake surveillance discussion up and where the skeletons of the oversight are to be found.