Review finds ‘proven’ or ‘distinct’ operational case for bulk surveillance powers – OUT-LAW.com

‘There is a “proven operational case” for most of the bulk surveillance powers the UK government wishes to provide UK intelligence agencies in the proposed new Investigatory Powers Bill, the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd August 2016

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Internet spying powers backed by review – BBC News

‘Britain’s spies should be allowed to continue harvesting large amounts of data from emails, the government’s reviewer of terror legislation said.’

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BBC News, 19th August 2016

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Does the BBC really have a digital licence to snoop? – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2016 in BBC, internet, investigatory powers, licensing, media, news, privacy, spying by sally

‘Reports of the corporation’s mass surveillance of iPlayer viewers evading their annual fee may be exaggerated.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2016

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New powers to tackle slavery at sea – Home Office

‘Safeguarding Minister Sarah Newton announces the commencement of new powers in the Modern Slavery Act.’

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Home Office, 8th August 2016

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Modern Slavery Act 2015 review: one year on – Home Office

‘An independent review into the effectiveness of the criminal justice provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 one year after coming into effect.’

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Home Office, 31st July 2016

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The Human Rights Act helps us hold power to account. We must defend it – The Guardian

‘Protestors like John Catt are being monitored by the state without explanation – except that they ‘could be a victim’ of a future crime. What’s going on?’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Protester, 91, goes to European court over secret police files – The Guardian

‘A 91-year-old whose political activities were covertly recorded by police has won the right to take his legal case to the European court of human rights.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2016

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Restrictions on access to internet connection records agreed by UK peers – OUT-LAW.com

‘New UK surveillance laws will restrict access to people’s internet connection records (ICRs) further than was originally proposed after amendments to the Investigatory Powers Bill were approved in the UK parliament.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th July 2016

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Investigatory Powers Bill: Theresa May-led legislation could be killed by ruling from European Court, privacy campaigners claim – The Independent

‘A European Court of Justice ruling could deal a “serious blow” to Theresa May’s most prized piece of legislation, campaigners have said.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2016

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Snooper’s charter could endanger journalists and sources, peers warn – The Guardian

‘Peers have issued a serious warning that the government’s proposed “snooper’s charter” law could endanger journalists and their sources.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2016

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Lords sound legal privilege alarm over snooping bill – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 30th, 2016 in bills, electronic mail, investigatory powers, news, parliament, privilege by tracey

‘Distinguished legal figures on the red benches lined up to condemn threats to professional privilege posed by the government’s investigatory powers bill as it passed its second reading in the House of Lords this week.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th June 2016

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Legal professional privilege under fire – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Sometimes the most fundamental principles can be most vulnerable to attack and/or erosion. As the government strives to tackle the threat posed by those who seek to undermine our democratic values in the context of an increasingly digital age, legal professional privilege (LPP) is in danger of becoming just that kind of principle.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 28th June 2016

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Police must say if dead children’s identities stolen, say parents – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in children, identity fraud, inquiries, investigatory powers, news, police by sally

‘Bereaved parents have demanded that police reveal whether the identities of their dead children were stolen by undercover officers who spied on political groups.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

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Independent review of the operational case for bulk powers: terms of reference – Home Office

Posted June 7th, 2016 in bills, intelligence services, investigatory powers, news by tracey

‘Terms of reference for an independent review of the operational case for bulk powers.’

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Home Office, 7th June 2016

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Theresa May agrees to review of snooper’s charter powers – The Guardian

‘Labour has edged closer to supporting the “snooper’s charter” after the home secretary, Theresa May, agreed to order an independent review of proposed state surveillance powers.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2016

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UK plans full throttle on driverless cars and broadband reform – Technology Law Update

‘Amongst the political noise of the Brexit campaign, the UK’s legislative plans set out in the Queen’s speech yesterday received less attention than usual. But there were some important points to note for the technology sector.’

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Technology Law Update, 19th May 2016

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Legal high ban: When does the new legislation come into force? How will it work? Are poppers banned? – The Independent

‘The Psychoactive Substances Act will introduce a blanket ban on the production, distribution, sale and supply of legal highs.’

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The Independent, 23rd May 2016

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Police must confront ‘poison of decades-old misdeeds’, Home Secretary tells officers at annual conference – The Independent

‘The police must confront the “poison of decades-old misdeeds”, the Home Secretary Theresa May has told officers, raising hopes that she is close to ordering an inquiry into police misconduct during the 1980s miners’ strike.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2016

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Judge Refuses To Force Alleged Hacker To Reveal His Passwords – RightsInfo

‘A UK law enforcement agency asked a court to force alleged hacker Lauri Love to reveal passwords for computers they confiscated. The Court said no. The problem? That would bypass human rights safeguards UK Parliament built into investigatory powers laws.’

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RightsInfo, 11th May 2016

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Court refuses request to force alleged hacker to divulge passwords – The Guardian

‘An alleged hacker fighting extradition to the US will not have to give the passwords for his encrypted computers to British law enforcement officers, following a landmark legal ruling.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2016

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