Internet monitoring bill ‘must do more to protect privacy’ – BBC News

‘Plans to authorise mass data collection and hacking by Britain’s spies do not do enough to protect privacy, a watchdog has warned.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2016

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Investigatory powers bill: snooper’s charter lacks clarity, MPs warn – The Guardian

‘The government’s investigatory powers bill lacks clarity and is sowing confusion among tech firms about the extent to which “internet connection records” will be collected, a parliamentary select committee has warned.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2016

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Finding proportionality in surveillance laws – OUP Blog

Posted January 19th, 2016 in bills, investigatory powers, news, proportionality by sally

‘The United Kingdom Parliament is currently in the pre-legislative scrutiny phase of a new Investigatory Powers Bill, which aims to “consolidate existing legislation and ensure the powers in the Bill are fit for the digital age.” It is fair to say this Bill is controversial with strong views being expressed by both critics and supporters of the Bill. Against this backdrop it is important to cut through the rhetoric and get to the heart of the Bill and to examine what it will do and what it will mean in terms of the legal framework for British citizens, and indeed for those overseas.’

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OUP Blog, 17th January 2016

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Legal Professional Privilege for Prisoners – The Bar Council

‘Justice Minister Andrew Selous MP has explained the authorisation process for listening in to communications between lawyers and clients in prisons. The parliamentary written answer, published yesterday, suggests that the prison service effectively self-authorises breaches of legal professional privilege (LPP).’

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The Bar Council, 13th January 2016

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Snooper’s charter: cafes and libraries face having to store Wi-Fi users’ data – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2016 in bills, costs, internet, investigatory powers, news, select committees by sally

‘Coffee shops running Wi-Fi networks may have to store internet data under new snooping laws, Theresa May has said.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Theresa May faces scrutiny over snooper’s charter implications – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2016 in bills, internet, investigatory powers, news, parliament, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘MPs and peers are to challenge the home secretary, Theresa May, on the privacy implications and detailed operation of her snooper’s charter legislation when she appears before the bill’s parliamentary scrutiny committee.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Privacy watchdog attacks snooper’s charter over encryption – The Guardian

‘The information commissioner’s office has heavily criticised the draft Investigatory Powers bill for attacking individuals’ privacy, particularly in relation to the apparent requirement on communication providers to weaken or break their data encryption at the government’s request.’

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The Guardian, 12th January 2016

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Councils call for online judicial approval of access to communications data – Local Government Lawyer

‘Councils should be able to apply for and be granted magistrates’ approval electronically for access to communications data, the Local Government Association and trading standards organisations have said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th January 2016

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Snooper’s charter would be out of date in five years, says defence industry – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2016 in bills, internet, investigatory powers, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The accelerating pace of technology means the government’s landmark snooper’s charter bill will only have a limited shelf life and will need to be revisited within five years, Britain’s defence and security industry has told MPs and peers.
They have warned that there are serious questions over whether fundamental parts of the new law that will overhaul of surveillance powers will be relevant in the near future as the technological landscape changes.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2016

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‘Plebgate’ and the protection of journalistic sources – Panopticon

Posted December 18th, 2015 in damages, interception, investigatory powers, media, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘It has been a mixed day for the media’s entanglements with the judiciary. Chris Knight posted earlier today about the unhappy outcome for Mirror Group Newspapers before the Court of Appeal in the Gulati privacy damages litigation arising from phone-hacking. News Group Newspapers, however – together with Sun journalist claims Tom Newton Dunn, Anthony France and Craig Woodehouse – had a happier outcome in another case about telephone privacy, though this time with the media as victim rather than perpetrator of the interference.’

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Panopticon, 17th December 2015

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Police illegally accessed journalist’s phone records during Plebgate investigation – Daily Telegraph

‘The Metropolitan Police illegally accessed the phone records of a journalist while desperately trying to find the source of a leek during the Plebgate scandal, a tribunal has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2015

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Theresa May accused of rushing surveillance bill through back door – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2015 in bills, intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, news, parliament by sally

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, has been accused of fast-tracking her “snooper’s charter” legislation by the back door after giving a scrutiny committee of MPs and peers only three weeks to consider the 299-page bill.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2015

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Police apologise to women who had relationships with undercover officers – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs have apologised unreservedly to seven women who were deceived into forming long-term relationships with undercover police officers, it has been announced.The Metropolitan police have also paid substantial, undisclosed amounts of compensation to the women who had intimate relationships, lasting up to nine years, with the undercover spies.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2015

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Transcript of the Lord Chief Justice’s Annual Press Conference 2015 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, held his annual press conference on Tuesday, 17 November, 2015, at the Royal Courts of Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 17th November 2015

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Don’t Fast-Track the Investigatory Powers Bill: A reply to Lord Carlile – Natasha Simonsen and Cian Murphy – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 17th, 2015 in bills, investigatory powers, legislation, news, terrorism by tracey

‘Lord Carlile QC, former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, has said that in the aftermath of the Paris attacks last weekend, Parliament should fast-track the Investigatory Powers Bill into law. Given his extensive experience in the field, Lord Carlile’s views should not be taken lightly. But Lord Carlile is wrong. To fast-track the Investigatory Powers Bill is undesirable and unnecessary. It would also end a crucial public conversation in a wrong-headed paroxysm of governmental action.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th November 2015

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MPs to assess technological feasibility of requirements under proposed new surveillance laws – OUT-LAW.com

‘MPs at the UK parliament will assess whether it is technologically feasible for companies to comply with new communication surveillance laws that have been proposed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2015

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UK surveillance bill could bring ‘very dire consequences’, warns Apple chief – The Guardian

‘Apple’s chief executive has sharply criticised surveillance powers proposed by the British government, warning that allowing spies a backdoor route into citizens’ communications could have “very dire consequences”.’

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The Guardian, 10th November 2015

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Bar Council comments on Draft Investigatory Powers Bill – The Bar Council

‘Responding to the publication of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar, said: “The ‘double lock’ requirement of needing both judicial and senior ministerial authorisation for the most intrusive investigatory powers is not as secure as it is made out to be.” ‘

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The Bar Council, 5th November 2015

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Interception, Authorisation and Redress in the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 5th, 2015 in bills, interception, investigatory powers, news, tribunals, warrants by sally

‘The Government has published a draft Bill on Investigatory Powers that it hopes to see through Parliament within a year. If it becomes law, the Investigatory Powers Bill will replace much, but not all, of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, as well as the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th November 2015

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UK government to reform communication surveillance laws – OUT-LAW.com

‘Data recording what websites internet users have visited will need to be retained for up to 12 months by telecommunication service providers under proposed new surveillance laws that have been outlined by the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th October 2015

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