UK Surveillance

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...

Who is Responsible for Protecting Your Personal Data Online?

Catalin Cosoi | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Tech
Catalin Cosoi

An overwhelming majority of British adults are now concerned about the online security of their private information, the threats posed by hackers and the possibility of unauthorised access to their data. This was the key finding of recent YouGov research in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks.

Jessica Elgot

What Happened When Free Speech Campaigners Joined A Trolling Victim And Anti-Bullying Champion? | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It...

This Heavily-Redacted Snowden Spying Report Is Quite Ironic...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK

Thousands of our private communications are being read by GCHQ spies every day through 'bulk interception' methods, a government has report revealed -...

Is the Bulk Interception of Data Worse than Mass Surveillance?

Richard Stacy | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Tech
Richard Stacy

It is highly unlikely that the people charged with supervising our security services have any idea how algorithmic surveillance works. It is also highly unlikely that the people at GCHQ are going to enlighten them.

Dr. Jayakrishnan Thavody: How India turned polio free

Netha Hussain | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK
Netha Hussain

The shift to injectable polio vaccine will also ensure that there are no cases of vaccine associated paralytic polio. As of now, the risk of vaccine associated paralytic polio is one in 1,50,000 babies.

Let's Not Repeat Past Mistakes - Restricting Free Speech will Fuel Radicalisation

Thomas Hughes | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

In the last few weeks EU and US talks have resulted in calls for internet providers to create a means for 'swift reporting' and removal of material that aims to incite hatred and terror - a 'reporting' mechanism which could be used to stifle legitimate, albeit often highly distasteful or offensive, speech without due process safeguards.