British Companies Sell StingRays To Oppressive Governments

Andrew Orr In the News

Since 2015, a dozen companies in the United Kingdom have exported devices like StingRays to oppressive regimes around the world. Further Reading Apple Responds To Scary Zero Day Exploits Found On iOS Stingrays Another Poison to Privacy Surveillance Tech In a time when the internet brings freedom and equality to billions of people, oppressive governments use the Internet to control their citizens. We reported last week how some governments target activists or jail people for using VPNs. And our own government is just as guilty of using surveillance technology as everyone …

UK Government rushing IP Bill through Parliament

Mathew Sayer In the News

The IP Bill that we covered recently has a date for its second reading- the 15th of March. A draft copy of the bill was published in November 2015 to allow for pre-legislative scrutiny by committees and independent analysts. You can read the draft here. The #IPBill – over 800 pages. Does the Government really think it is wise to rush this through Parliament? pic..com/m6AoJ4NOGL — David Davis MP (@DavidDavisMP) 1 March 2016 Not wanting to be caught without legal cover the government is urgently pushing the bill through the House …

British spies free to hack citizens with immunity

Christopher Sewerd In the News

New legislation that has come in to force this May in the United Kingdom has paved the way for the intelligence agencies to have a free for all on hacking in to its own citizens systems and also against international targets. Hacking is a serious word, it conjures up images of an Eastern European or Russian twenty-somethings huddled over a computer emptying bank accounts of wealthy Europeans or Americans, either that or defacing websites with adolescent messages. However, hacking takes on a much serious form when the government is …

UK is Outraged at the New Rushed Snooping Proposal

Christopher Sewerd Policy

The recent terrorist atrocity that was the Charlie Hebdo incident in France which left 12 dead and 11 injured caused widespread condemnation from around the world. The UK Government has seized the opportunity to rush through greater internet snooping laws. Controversy for UK ISPs With terrorist incidents making heads around the world in the past decade and a half it is little wonder that governments worldwide wish to tighten up security in an aid to stop terrorist activities from happening on home shores. Controversy has been seen in the United …

UK Data Retention Bill Promises More Online Privacy Issues

Christopher Sewerd Policy

In March 2006 a directive was introduced which aimed to assist law enforcement agencies within the European Union to be able to investigate crimes related to the internet and communications systems. This was known as the Data Retention Directive. The gist of the directive was to require member states of the EU to force data retention upon providers of communications such as ISPs. The general bulk of the record keeping related to source and destination of communications as well as further details such location of mobile devices, the times and …