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Another parliamentary committee has attacked the IP bill

The Investigatory Powers Bill is something that almost no one has approved of since its first announcement, with repeated debates and analysis heralding many concerns and problems, few of which have been rectified. Now the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) committee has raised its own issues with the bill, citing …

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Investigatory Powers Bill passes without a hitch

Update: Following a vote in the House of Commons, MPs have passed the Investigatory Powers Bill with a majority of 444 to 69. With backing from both Labour and the Conservatives, the opposition from the Liberal Democrats, Green Party and the Scottish National Party failed to make much of a …

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Report suggests VPN use would skyrocket under Snooper’s Charter

Theresa May has been pushing the agenda for her “Snooper’s Charter,” or to give it it’s proper name, the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), for years now. Although she has claimed tracking everyone’s browser history would aid in the fight against terrorism, research suggests that a lot of people would simply use …

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Apple joins firms calling for block of Snooper’s Charter

It didn’t take long for politicians to jump on the recent attacks in Brussels, as further evidence that the Theresa May driven Investigatory Powers Bill, more colloquially known as the Snooper’s Charter, is needed. This despite many of the world’s major tech firms claiming otherwise and now Apple has joined the likes …

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Investigatory Powers Bill re-drafted, more of the same

Yesterday saw the British government publish the latest draft of the Investigatory Powers Bill and though it promised to take into consideration the three committees that have attacked it, addressing their 100+ concerns, it hasn’t. In many cases it has ignored major problems raised by various parliamentary bodies and has …

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Watchdog attacks government over Investigatory Powers Bill

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) of Parliament, a previously rather quite organisation has stepped out of the shadows to lambaste the British government over its proposed Investigatory Powers Bill, often termed the Snooper’s Charter. It claims that the bill “lacks clarity,” and wants to see privacy protections, “form the …

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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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Information commissioner attacks UK’s new Snooper’s Charter

Independent public data rights authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has attacked plans by the government to push through the Investigatory Powers Bill, often called the Snooper’s Charter. It claims that there is little justification for some of the measures it wishes to push through and claims that it weakens …

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Apple voices more concerns for Investigatory Powers Bill

Apple has once again raised concerns about the British government’s plans to introduce the Investigatory Powers Bill, waiting until the final moments of the public consultation to submit its eight page brief on its problems with the snooping act. It joins a number of consumer groups and other tech firms …

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Frankie Boyle takes Theresa May to task over government snooping

“We haven’t had a Stasi or a Gestapo in Britain, so are intellectually lazy about surveillance,” said Tory MP David Davis recently, and that’s something a lot of people seem to agree with. Following the publishing of the draft version of the Investigatory Powers Bill, proposed by Theresa May last week, …

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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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UK public bodies leaked confidential information 150+ times

Striking another blow against the idea that if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear from government surveillance this week, is the news that public bodies including the NHS, government departments, police and local councils, have leaked data unsuspectingly over 150 times in the past six years. …

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Theresa May wants to vet BBC shows for extremism

In her continued attempt to stamp out ‘extremism’ wherever she thinks it might be, British home secretary, Theresa May, has called for regulatory body OfCom to be given powers to vet TV shows before broadcast to see whether they have any extremist material not suitable for viewing audiences. This move has …

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Snowden journalist declares UK biggest threat to free speech

Gleen Greenwald, the man who Edward Snowden initially chose as the mouthpiece for his whistle blowing document leaks, has called out the UK, its government and Prime Minister David Cameron, as the biggest threat to democracy and freedom of speech in the world, not the terrorist organisations they so often …

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UK Government to introduce new hate-group laws

Being a member of a group that is classified as one that encourages ‘radicalisation’ or spouts hate-speech, could lead to the very meeting of such an organisation made illegal, under new laws announced by the re-elected Conservative government. Promised by Theresa May and David Cameron before the election, cracking down …

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UK Home Secretary calls for more government surveilance

Despite last year’s Edward Snowden revelations kicking off big debates about government intrusion in the day to day lives of internet and telephone users the world over, the British government doesn’t feel like it has enough eyes on its citizens. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, recently made a speech about …

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Theresa May and Nick Clegg clash over ‘snooper’ bill

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The UK and other countries around the world have been threatened by overreaching digital communication legislation many times in the past few years  and we aren’t done yet. The latest one is known as the “snooper” bill and it’s being championed by home secretary Theresa May – fortunately, coalition partner …

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Lib Dems could oppose email snooping bill

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While it’s not certain at the moment, it’s being suggested by some sources that the Liberal Democrats could be pushing to have the Communications Data Bill – one that would give police increased powers to monitor email and internet usage – squashed. According to the BBC, the Home Office is …

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Theresa May website hacker is arrested

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A 41 year old man has been arrested for hacking the website of current British home secretary, Theresa May, as well as orchestrating a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack. He was arrested as part of a joint operation between Scotland Yard and local police officers on Tuesday and was …

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Pirate Party speaks out on Gary McKinnon extradition block

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Leader of the UK’s Pirate Party, Loz Kaye, has been speaking out about the extradition of hacker Gary McKinnon, after it was blocked yesterday by home secretary Theresa May. As you might imagine, he’s pleased. “Today’s decision is welcome, if long overdue. It’s frankly a scandal that Gary McKinnon has been …

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