UK Surveillance

Is the Bulk Interception of Data Worse than Mass Surveillance?

Richard Stacy | Posted 10.02.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 29.01.2015 | 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.

Sam Adams Award 2015: Whistleblowers Warn of Dangers to Democracy

Charlie Skelton | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Skelton

The reality is, being a whistleblower is a tough road to tread - as the former CIA analyst Ray McGovern said. At best, you get a pat on the back and a free glass of wine at an awards bash in Berlin.

One Step Behind: Understanding the Shape of Terrorism

Nikita Malik | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

Terrorism, with its many forms, has the same general shape. Bombings, hostage taking, assassinations, and armed attacks are all perpetuated for religious, political, or ideological goals - sometimes, a combination of all three...

Whatsapp and Snapchat: Social Media for Terrorists?

Samantha Hopps | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Samantha Hopps

Encryption isn't just used for social communication channels, it's also used to send most forms of confidential details over the internet, from online banking login details to credit card information for online shopping.

Obama Warns Cameron Against Shredding Privacy Protections

AP | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics

President Barack Obama argued on Friday that a resurgent fear of terrorism across Europe and the United States should not lead countries to overreact ...

Should You Be Worried About The Snoopers' Charter? Use Our Handy Flowchart To Find Out!

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Comedy

David Cameron is vowing to revive the 'snoopers' charter' if he's re-elected in May. But should you be worried about this measure, which will make it ...

Clegg Goes To War Over Civil Liberties

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK

Nick Clegg will position himself in stark opposition to David Cameron and to Boris Johnson over mooted attempts to revive the so-called 'snooper's cha...

Now Is the Time for a Steady, Considered Approach to Counter-Terrorism, Not Knee Jerk Reactions

Emma Carr | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics
Emma Carr

Placing an entire population under surveillance whilst failing to adequately resource not only the intelligence agencies but those tasked with holding them to account, is both an unacceptable intrusion of our freedoms and creates nothing more than a chilling effect on free expression for anyone communicating in, or with, the UK.

'Big Brother' Warning As PM Looks To Increase Snooper Powers After Paris Attack

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK

David Cameron is meeting intelligence and security chiefs to discuss Britain's response to the terror attacks in France, amid cries from civil liberti...

US Military Launches Huge Surveillance Balloon Near Baltimore

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK

NEW YORK -- The US military has launched the first of a pair of surveillance balloons capable of spotting an incoming cruise missile above the skies o...

Introducing Detekt - Has It Got the Spooks Spooked?

Tanya O'Carroll | Posted 24.01.2015 | 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 24.01.2015 | 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 21.01.2015 | 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 05.01.2015 | 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 13.12.2014 | 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.