UK Surveillance

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

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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 21.03.2014 | 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 14.03.2014 | 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.

Happy 25th Birthday World Wide Web - Let's Not Destroy It

Mike Harris | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Harris

It was British ingenuity that led to the development of the World Wide Wide 25 years ago today and unfortunately it appears British guile will be responsible for its possible demise. The hopeful beginnings of the Web have turned sour.

What Is the Balance That Needs to Be Struck Between Security and Liberty?

Norman Baker | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics
Norman Baker

This is an important issue, which we need to examine, and which affects the lives of almost everyone in the country. Are we comfortable with the way in which our personal data is collected, and who has access to it? How much does our right to privacy matter, in an age where we share photos and personal details online with so much abandon? What is the balance that needs to be struck between security and liberty?

Merkel's EU Data Network Is No Substitute for Surveillance Law Reform

Nick Pickles | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Pickles

Angela Merkel's call yesterday for a European network "so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic" is hardly surprising given the revelations of how German and other European citizens have had their data indiscriminately collected as they use web services based overseas.

Solving the 'Big Brother Problem' That Affects Every One of Us

Salil Shetty | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Salil Shetty

Some of the most memorable headlines of 2013 involved personal privacy, data security and intelligence gathering issues from all corners of the globe - from the US to Brazil, from Australia to India. But what has bothered me about the conversation to date is the way it has been framed by some defenders of mass surveillance programmes. We must choose, they say, between security or privacy, protection or liberties.

'Password' Is No Longer The World's Most Popular Password

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

'Password' is no longer the world's worst password - but only just. A new study of the most used - and so most obvious and least secure - passwords...

The Americans Are Ready to Reform Surveillance Laws, So Why Aren't We?

Emma Carr | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Emma Carr

The Snowden revelations have indicated that the security services have engaged in legally dubious gathering and monitoring of our communications data. We know that they, along with some ministers, want the legal power to do this on an even larger scale. David Davis MP recently requested his mobile phone provider to give him all the data they held on him for a single year. What they gave him could fill a shelf and highlighted serious implications for our privacy that access to metadata can have.

CCTV 'Armour' Lets You Know When You're Being Watched

Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK

A piece of wearable 'armour' tech can detect when you're being watched by CCTV and lets you know by 'tapping' you on the shoulder. The device uses ...

UK Spied On 'Warcraft'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Tech

UK surveillance agencies spied on communities inside games including 'World Of Warcraft' in an effort to keep tabs on potential terrorist cells. Ag...

Journalism in the Dock: A New Low for British Justice, Accountability and democracy

Justin Schlosberg | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Justin Schlosberg

For those who do genuinely love this country and its democratic traditions, the options for redress seem increasingly narrow. In the words of Owen Jones, "if the state starts prosecuting journalists for holding power to account, let's take to the streets".

LOOK: Man Finds Strange Electronic Device Hidden In Mug

Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Tech

A paranoid and parched consumer of beverages got a terrifying shock when they their mug fell apart and revealed what appears to be a listening device....

British Ambassador Summoned By German Government Over Spying Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

The German foreign ministry has summoned Britain’s ambassador in Berlin, to face questions about reports that the embassy was used as a secret liste...

The Million Mask March by Anonymous

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Today, at dozens of cities across the world, one million people will be marching. Many will be wearing Guy Fawkes masks, and protesting against...well it's not exactly clear. Injustice and corruption have both been mentioned. But internet spying by the NSA and other government agencies will be the main rallying call.

Edward Snowden A 'Hero' In UK

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot and Sunny Freeman | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

The majority of Brits believe surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden is a hero, according to a survey, and have a far more favourable view of the f...

Spies Feared Public Debate On Surveillance, New Documents Show

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK

A "damaging public debate" over GCHQ's spying activities could lead to legal challenges against its mass-surveillance programmes, the intelligence age...

How is Spying and Surveillance Evolving?

Endeavour Press | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

One of the many remarkable things revealed by the NSA spying revelations is how remote from the subject of their surveillance spies have become. Programmes with enigmatic names like XKeyscore or PRISM scan mainframe computers in far away bunkers, collecting and sifting through reams of emails and searches, which disconcertingly reveal to faceless bureaucrats our most intimate thoughts and intended actions.

Jessica Elgot

'A Hysterical Attempt To Exploit Newspaper Rivalry To Shut Down Debate' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK

Two issues dominated Wednesday's news agenda - state regulation of the press, and the "dangerous" Guardian reporting of far-reaching surveillance, whi...

MI5 Chief Andrew Parker Accuses Snowden Of Giving 'Gift' To Terrorists

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Exposing the "reach and limits" of listening post GCHQ causes enormous damage and hands the advantage to terrorists, the head of MI5 has warned in his...

Cameron: 'GCHQ And NSA Surveillance Are Aimed At Protecting Public'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

David Cameron has backed the snooping activities of GCHQ and its American counterpart, the NSA, which were exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, sa...

US/UK Spy Chiefs Continue to Cover Up NSA Surveillance Scandal

Annie Machon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

First published on RT Op-Edge. The disparity in response to Edward Snowden's disclosures within the USA and the UK is astonishing. In the face of ri...

Is Modern Surveillance Really 'Orwellian'?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

We need a much larger, open public debate to determine the balance between security and liberty in a digital age. But too many sensible opponents are disposed to calling surveillance measures 'Orwellian'... regular refrain to our most celebrated dystopian nightmare is not helpful.

Decoding the New Security System

Agnes Callamard | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Agnes Callamard

Harassment of journalists is a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression, which is protected by the UK's domestic law and international law. Extending such harassment to members of a journalist's family is utterly appalling.

Info-activism: Why You (Yes You!) Should Care About It

Eva Blum-Dumontet | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Tech
Eva Blum-Dumontet

Different kinds of activism call for different kinds of strategies. Our motivations for stepping back from our routine to act upon the world we live in vary. For some, it is the disappointment with how things are that triggers a desire for change. For others activism comes as an act of solidarity for a fight already started.