UK Surveillance

Why Are UK Spooks Spying on Amnesty International?

Allan Hogarth | Posted 03.07.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Sam Adams Award 2015: Whistleblowers Warn of Dangers to Democracy

Charlie Skelton | Posted 25.03.2015 | 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 18.03.2015 | 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 19.03.2015 | 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 14.03.2015 | 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.