Tag Archives: digital rights

Help shape Britain’s surveillance laws now

Cross-post from Liberty There has definitely been no Government climbdown on surveillance. The draft Investigatory Powers Bill, announced today, constitutes an astonishing assault on all of our internet security. Some highlights: communication service providers will be required to store details of every website we visit for a year (haven’t we been here before?); provisions for… Continue reading »

Surveillance Offensive

News from Open Rights Group: You might have worked out from the Government’s PR offensive that a new surveillance bill is imminent. [1] The draft Investigatory Powers Bill is expected to be published this week. We actually want a new law because our existing laws are failing to protect our privacy. The Independent Reviewer of… Continue reading »

Some TTP details – the Copyright chapter

Regular readers will know that we post articles on TTIP (between Europe and the USA) on a regular basis. A similar trade deal called TTP (Trans Pacific Partnership) is also being undertaken between Pacific Rim countries and the USA. A recent article on Michael Geist’s blog lists a number of the issues discussed in the Copyright… Continue reading »

Online pirates could face 10 years in jail

Online copyright infringement currently carries a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment and now ministers have launched a consultation on increasing it to 10 years – bringing it into line with copyright infringement of physical goods. The government said tougher sentences would act as a “significant deterrent”. Click here to read the full story. Cross-post… Continue reading »

High Court ruling on data retention

Today brought news that the High Court has ruled the government surveillance law, introduced in the last throes of the previous government, to be unlawful. The act required communications companies to keep data on their customers for a year and provide access to police and government agencies. The Green Party’s manifesto stated we would: Oppose any… Continue reading »