Privacy International v Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs & ors – Blackstone Chambers

‘The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has given its third judgment in this case concerning the collection and use of bulk communications data (‘BCD’) and bulk personal datasets (‘BPD’) by the Security and Intelligence Agencies (MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – the ‘SIAs’).’

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Blackstone Chambers, 21st July 2018

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UK human rights panel to investigate police use of child spies – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2018 in children, intelligence services, news, police, select committees, spying by sally

‘Parliament’s joint committee on human rights has been asked to investigate the use of child spies by the police and security services, after peers discovered powers covering the practice hidden in obscure secondary legislation.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Transparency report on disruptive and investigatory powers published – Home Office

Posted July 24th, 2018 in intelligence services, investigatory powers, press releases, reports by tracey

The government has published the third iteration of its transparency report on the use of disruptive and investigatory powers.’

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Home Office, 23rd July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

MPs press for new inquiry into UK role in rendition and torture – The Guardian

Posted July 3rd, 2018 in human rights, inquiries, intelligence services, news, rendition, torture by sally

‘The UK government will give “careful consideration” to calls for a renewed judge-led inquiry into the country’s involvement in human rights abuses after 9/11, the Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan told MPs on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2018

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UK ‘knew US mistreated rendition detainees’ – BBC News

Posted June 29th, 2018 in intelligence services, news, rendition, terrorism by tracey

‘The UK tolerated “inexcusable” treatment of US detainees after the 9/11 attacks, MPs have found. The Intelligence and Security Committee said British agencies continued to supply intelligence to allies despite knowing or suspecting abuse in more than 200 cases.’

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BBC News, 28th June 2018

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GCHQ cybersecurity experts investigate Dixons Carphone data breach – The Guardian

Posted June 14th, 2018 in data protection, intelligence services, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘A branch of GCHQ, Britain’s intelligence and security service, is investigating one of the UK’s biggest data breaches at a single firm, involving unauthorised access to 5.9 million Dixons Carphone customers’ cards. The National Cyber Security Centre said it was working alongside the retailer and other agencies after the attack, which also involved unauthorised access to 1.2m personal records of Dixons Carphone customers.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2018

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Sajid Javid’s plan for MI5 to share information on 20,000 individuals raises concerns with campaigners – The Independent

‘Security bosses will hand out information on people suspected of having extremist sympathies to councils, government officials and the police under the government’s new counter-terror plans.’

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The Independent, 4th June 2018

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UK ‘settles rendition case’ with former Libyan dissident – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2018 in human rights, intelligence services, news, rendition, torture by sally

‘The UK government has reached a settlement with former Libyan dissident Abdul Hakim Belhaj over a long-running rendition case, the BBC understands.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2018

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Security services ‘to get more power to stop attacks’ – BBC News

Posted April 24th, 2018 in intelligence services, news, police, reports, terrorism by sally

‘Police and security services are to get more powers and resources to stop terror attacks at an earlier stage, according to the Sunday Times.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2018

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Once secret guidance on MI5’s use of agents who engage in crime published by Theresa May – The Independent

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in intelligence services, news by tracey

‘Theresa May has published a previously secret direction relating to MI5’s use of agents who participate in crime. The Prime Minister confirmed that the area of the Security Service’s work was kept under review by a watchdog.’

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The Independent, 1st March

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Tribunal rules against total secrecy over UK drone strikes – The Guardian

‘The government’s power to block requests for information on national security grounds has been significantly curtailed by a tribunal ruling over targeted killings of British jihadists abroad.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Cyril Smith inquiry: PM’s pledge on ex-Rochdale MP’s documents – BBC News

‘Prime Minister Theresa May has made assurances documents relating to the late Cyril Smith will not be withheld.’

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BBC News, 21st November 2017

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MI5 and police cleared of any liability over terror attacks in UK – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2017 in inquiries, intelligence services, news, police, terrorism by tracey

‘Official reviews will clear MI5 and the police of making serious mistakes that allowed terrorists to strike Britain in four attacks this year, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2017

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Court to hear challenge to GCHQ bulk hacking of phones and computers – The Guardian

‘A challenge to GCHQ’s use of non-specific warrants to authorise the bulk hacking of smartphones, computers and networks in the UK is starting at the court of appeal.
The case, brought by the campaign group Privacy International (PI), is the latest twist in a protracted battle about both the legality of bulk surveillance and the primacy of civil courts over an intelligence tribunal that operates partly in secret.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

UK surveillance and spying watchdog begins work – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2017 in intelligence services, investigatory powers, news, warrants by sally

‘An expanded watchdog charged with regulating the intelligence services and surveillance by state agencies has officially begun work.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2017

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Ex-MI5 chief warns against crackdown on encrypted messaging apps – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2017 in encryption, intelligence services, internet, news by tracey

‘A former head of MI5 has spoken out against curtailing use of encryption in messaging apps despite warning that Islamist terrorism will remain a threat for up to another 30 years.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2017

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UK’s refusal to reveal legal advice on drone killings faces challenge – The Guardian

‘Campaigners appeal against ruling that government can keep advice secret because it relates to security agencies.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

EU judges may be asked to rule on legality of UK surveillance powers – The Guardian

‘EU judges may be asked to decide whether the intelligence services’ bulk collection of email data in order to prevent terrorist attacks is legal.’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2017

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May: I’ll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation – The Guardian

‘Theresa May has declared she is prepared to rip up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects, as she sought to gain control over the security agenda just 36 hours before the polls open.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2017

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No ‘judicial consent’ needed for MI5 to quiz ‘ward of court’ teens, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

‘MI5 agents and anti-terror police have been given the go-ahead to question teenagers placed under the control of family court judges as a result of radicalisation fears.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th May 2017

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