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ORG concerned over GCHQ sovereignty under new U.S. president

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With the NSA and GCHQ so embedded with one another, concerns now arise that following the United States’ presidential election, will GCHQ be able to maintain some autonomy in a world where Trump is president? This a real concern for privacy lobbyists, like the Open Rights Group, which wonders if …

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Privacy International unveils staggering social surveillance in UK

Privacy International has managed to unearth thousands of documents which details decades of in-depth spying on British citizens by the country’s intelligence agencies: GCHQ, MI5 and MI6. With minimum safeguards in place, those organisations have been snooping on British citizen’s medical records, work histories and the online petitions they’ve signed, …

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British MPs critical of new Investigatory Powers Bill

Despite David Cameron and Theresa May calling for a better insight into the websites we visit with the potentially fast tracked Investigatory Powers Bill, a committee of politicians has warned that it lacks clarity, not defining key points. It warned that if the tech-firms that must be complicit in the …

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GCHQ shot down encryption standard because it was too good

Amid all the arguments about encryption ongoing in the press and government right now, it’s easy to forget that it’s something that GCHQ and other intelligence agencies have been railing against for some time. I turns out that in 2010, it helped to reject a smartphone encryption standard that would …

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CISA surveillance bill bundled in with NASA’s budget

Following the years of failed-attempts by politicians and copyright lobby groups to have the world accept distasteful bills like PIPA and SOPA, it’s no surprise that the tactics to push them through have changed. Nowadays they’re hidden within legislation like trade bills in the case of the TTIP and TPP, …

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UN privacy chief wants internet Geneva convention

Shortly after his appointment as the United Nations’ first head of privacy, Joseph Cannataci has called the current state of digital surveillance in the UK a “joke,” describing it as worse than anything George Orwell may have conjured up in his novel 1984. To address this and the oversight over …

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U.S. and EU near agreement on data sharing

Since the Edward Snowden revelations about the NSA, GCHQ and international data gathering and sharing came out in 2013, the world has been trying to figure out the right balance between privacy and security. To that end, the European Commission has been in talks with U.S. representatives to renegotiate “safe …

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High Court rules Snooper’s Charter unlawful

Theresa May will need to go back to the drawing board is she wants to try and force through the controversial Communications Draft Bill, otherwise known as the Snooper’s Charter, as a High Court judge has ruled it unlawful in its current guise. The piece of legislation was said to …

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French politicians sound off on NSA spying

In the aftermath of revelations that the USA spent half a decade spying on France’s presidents and members of its cabinet, discovering phone call meta data and occasionally content, many French politicians have made public statements condemning the actions. Although many suspect little will happen behind the scenes due to the …

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Wikileaks documents show US spied on French presidents

Apparently not content with snooping on the smartphone of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, the NSA also spent over half a decade spying on the last three French presidents, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande between 2006 and 2012, according to some newly leaked Wikileaks documents. Titled, “Espionnage Élysée”, they show …

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White House Personnel Management hack exposes sordid secrets

Earlier this month, we learned that hackers – possibly from China – had infiltrated the White House Office of Personnel Management and had copied documents on millions of government employees. While there were concerns that financial and employment data, possibly even security clearance information had been compromised, it’s also shed …

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US phone tapping clause expires, NSA halts servers

Whoever said talking too much was a bad thing? Thanks to unending debates, filibusters and a growing unease at the US government’s willingness to spy on its own citizens, the clause within the Patriot Act that allowed the NSA to record every phone call made by a member of the …

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62 Met police sacked in 2014 over computer misuse

The phrase, “if you’ve got nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear,” has been bandied around by terrorism fear mongers, politicians and their supporters for years now. However there are always incidents that prove this way of thinking to be short sighted, like the fact that just last year, …

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Austrians launch class action suit against Facebook

Since the Edward Snowden revelations of 2013, many organisations have been held under the spotlight for their collusion with the NSA and other international intelligence agencies, most notably Google and Microsoft. Facebook was involved too though, which is why a group of over 25,000 Austrians have launched a class action …

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New Zealand used NSA spy tools on WTO director candidates

If you were applying to become the head of the World Trade Organisation, you might expect some scrutiny into your affairs. However, what you might draw the line at is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence agency utilising anti-terror tools to read your emails and potentially give your opponents …

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NZ journalist promises big spying revelations

It’s no secret at this point that every member of the Five Eyes spying network (essentially every English speaking nation) has been snooping on not only their citizens, but everyone else’s over the past few years, under the guise of anti-terrorism efforts. Despite this though, new revelations every few months …

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Angela Merkel and Obama cool spying tension

In 2013, the United States riled up a lot of people, as Edward Snowden released a bevy of classified NSA documents to the press, which revealed the extent of the spying perpetrated by the NSA and its international contemporaries. However one person it really angered was German chancellor, Angela Merkel, …

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Samsung smart TVs listen to your conversations

If you own a voice activated smart TV from Samsung, there’s a good chance it’s recorded conversations you’ve had with people in the same room, whether it was turned on or not. The worst part of that privacy invasion however, is that Samsung has been sending that information to third …

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