Jail for thief who tried to sell secret nuclear submarine documents – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2015 in burglary, confidentiality, documents, intelligence services, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘A factory worker who stole restricted documents about British nuclear submarines and tried to sell them to an eastern European government has been jailed for four and a half years.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2015

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Men allegedly tortured by UK troops plan to go to court over report – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2015 in armed forces, detention, intelligence services, Iraq, news, torture by tracey

‘Lawyers acting for two men who were jailed for 10 years without trial and say they were tortured after being seized by British troops in Iraq, plan to take the body responsible for investigating the case to court, claiming it is failing to seek potentially vital evidence from the US.’

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The Guardian, 19th March 2015

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Cyril Smith child abuse inquiry ‘scrapped after his arrest’ – BBC News

‘An undercover police operation that gathered evidence of child abuse by Cyril Smith and other public figures was scrapped shortly after the MP was arrested, BBC Newsnight has been told.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2015

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UK surveillance laws need total overhaul, says landmark report – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2015 in intelligence services, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

‘Britain’s laws governing the intelligence agencies and mass surveillance require a total overhaul to make them more transparent, comprehensible and up to date, parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC) has said in a landmark report prompted by the revelations of Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2015

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Access all areas? – New Law Journal

‘Overriding lawyer-client & confidential communications is incompatible with the rule of law, as Nicholas Griffin QC, Robert O’Sullivan QC & Gordon Nardell QC explain.’

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New Law Journal, 27th February 2015

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David Cameron orders new inquiry into treatment of Lee Rigby murderer – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2015 in armed forces, inquiries, intelligence services, murder, news, terrorism by tracey

‘The prime minister has ordered a new inquiry into claims the security services may have been complicit in the ill treatment of Michael Adebolajo, who went on to butcher a British soldier in a London street, it has emerged. The inquiry will be conducted by the intelligence services commissioner, Sir Mark Waller, an independent watchdog over the security services.’

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The Guardian, 26th February 2015

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Brusthom Ziamani: Teenager guilty of plot to behead soldier – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2015 in armed forces, intelligence services, Islam, news, terrorism by sally

‘A teenager who was on his way to behead a British soldier with a 12in knife when he was arrested, has been found guilty of preparing a terrorist act.’

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BBC News, 19th February 2015

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UK admits unlawfully monitoring legally privileged communications – The Guardian

‘The regime under which UK intelligence agencies, including MI5 and MI6, have been monitoring conversations between lawyers and their clients for the past five years is unlawful, the British government has admitted.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2015

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The Investigatory Powers Tribunal and the rule of law – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Despite being hailed as an ‘historic victory in the age-old battle for the right to privacy and free expression’, closer examination of a recent ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (‘IPT’) reveals it to have been a hollow victory.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th February 2015

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Privacy watchdog launches ‘Did GCHQ spy on you?’ campaign to allow citizens to find out if they were under surveillance – The Independent

Posted February 17th, 2015 in data protection, human rights, intelligence services, news, privacy, tribunals by sally

‘A new campaign by human rights watchdog Privacy International could allow millions of citizens in Britain and elsewhere to have data that was collected on them deleted.’

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The Independent, 16th February 2015

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UK government issues first definition of computer hacking by spies – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2015 in codes of practice, computer crime, intelligence services, interception, news by sally

‘Code of practice sets out rules and safeguards surrounding use of computer hacking outside UK by security services.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2015

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GCHQ intelligence sharing ‘was unlawful’, tribunal rules – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2015 in human rights, intelligence services, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

‘UK agency GCHQ’s sharing of intelligence gathered by US mass surveillance programmes was unlawful, a tribunal has ruled.’

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BBC News, 6th February 2015

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Alexander Litvinenko murder inquiry opens in high court – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2015 in inquiries, intelligence services, news, poisoning, spying by sally

‘A public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko opens in the high court on Tuesday, eight years after the former Russian intelligence officer and MI6 informant was murdered in London with deadly polonium.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2015

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Lawyers join forces with journalists and social workers to protest against government snooping

Posted January 20th, 2015 in consultations, intelligence services, investigatory powers, news, police, privacy by sally

‘The Law Society and Bar Council have joined forces with the British Association of Social Workers and National Union of Journalists to form the ‘Professionals for Information Privacy Coalition’, and express their concern over the controls in place on how the government snoops on professionals.’

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Legal Futures, 20th January 2015

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Information commissioner calls for protection of private data amid calls for ‘snooper’s charter’ – The Independent

Posted January 15th, 2015 in data protection, intelligence services, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

‘The information commissioner has called for the establishment of a US-style agency to defend the privacy of citizens amid growing calls for the reintroduction of the “snoopers’ charter”.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2015

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MI6 forced to show how it may snoop on privileged lawyer-client exchanges – The Guardian

‘MI6 has been forced to reveal documents detailing how it may access legally privileged communications between solicitors and their clients, even if the lawyers are suing the government.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2015

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A worrying new anti-terror law is sneaking through Parliament – The Guardian

‘As the world’s press and public stand vigil in support of Charlie Hebdo and the families of the victims of Wednesday’s attack, we wake this morning to reports that our security services are under pressure and seeking new powers. The spectre of the Communications Data Bill is again evoked. These reports mirror renewed commitments yesterday to new counter-terrorism measures for the EU and in France.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2015

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CIA torture report: Theresa May insists she did not demand redactions – Daily Telegraph

‘Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has insisted she did not request any redactions to the American report which exposed graphic details of CIA torture.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2014

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Declaration 2014: Legal Professional Privilege is vital to a fair trial – The Bar Council

‘Legal chiefs and academics today demanded new laws to stop police and security services from spying on meetings between lawyers and their clients.’

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The Bar Council, 9th December 2014

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‘Dark web’: GCHQ and National Crime Agency join forces in hunt for child abuse – The Guardian

‘David Cameron will place Britain’s GCHQ eavesdropping agency and the National Crime Agency (NCA) at the centre of a fight to eliminate “digital hiding places for child abusers”.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2014

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