Tribunal rules computer hacking by GCHQ is not illegal – BBC News

‘GCHQ is operating within the law when it hacks into computers and smart phones, a security tribunal has ruled.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2016

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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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Stop Powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 incompatible with Article 10 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On Tuesday the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment on David Miranda’s detention under the Terrorism Act 2000 and, while upholding the lawfulness of the detention in the immediate case, ruled that the stop powers under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act lack sufficient legal safeguards to be in line with Article 10.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st January 2016

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Jailed MI6 informant blocked from taking case to court of human rights – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in appeals, human rights, intelligence services, murder, news, private hearings, trials by tracey

‘A Chinese dissident and MI6 informant convicted of murder after a secret trial has been prevented from taking his case to the European court of human rights.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2015

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UK ties with Gaddafi were like ‘a criminal conspiracy’, high court hears – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in closed material, conspiracy, intelligence services, Libya, news, rendition, trials by tracey

‘The relationship that the British security services forged with Muammar Gaddafi’s regime a decade ago amounted to “a criminal conspiracy with a foreign dictator”, according to evidence before the high court, where a dozen Libyan dissidents who were subsequently targeted by the British authorities are bringing a claim for damages.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2015

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Shaker Aamer: ‘No plans to sue’ over Guantanamo – BBC News

Posted December 14th, 2015 in Afghanistan, compensation, detention, intelligence services, news, terrorism, torture by sally

‘The last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay has said he does not intend to take legal action against the UK government over his imprisonment.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2015

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David Miranda in fresh challenge over Heathrow detention – The Guardian

‘David Miranda, the partner of the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, has launched a fresh appeal challenging the legality of his detention under counter-terrorism powers for nine hours at Heathrow airport in 2013.’

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The Guardian, 8th 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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Attorney General’s guidelines on information security and government work – Attorney General’s Office

‘Guidelines for civil panel counsel, revised to include the new government security classifications.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 18th 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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Sir Brian Leveson: Security and Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division gave the 13th Annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture in London on 12 November 2015.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th November 2015

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Jack Straw and senior spy could avoid torture prosecution – The Guardian

‘The former foreign secretary Jack Straw and Sir Mark Allen, a former senior MI6 officer, could avoid prosecution over complicity in the rendition and torture of two Libyan dissidents by claiming immunity, the supreme court has been told.’

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The Guardian, 11th 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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UK surveillance powers explained – BBC News

‘A new law setting out what powers the UK state will have to monitor communications between citizens is set to be unveiled. How will it work?’

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BBC News, 4th November 2015

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Giving judges power to grant spying warrants instead of ministers would be ‘glib’ says ex anti-terror adviser – The Independent

‘Putting judges in charge of issuing surveillance warrants would fail because they lack the sufficient knowledge of national security issues, the Government’s former anti-terror adviser has said.’

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The Independent, 2nd November 2015

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Investigatory powers bill: snooper’s charter to remain firmly in place – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in bills, intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

‘The key elements of the snooper’s charter, including the bulk collection and storage for 12 months of everyone’s personal data, tracking their use of the web, phones and social media, will remain firmly in place when the government publishes its new investigatory powers bill on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2015

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Theresa May faces fight over web browsing access – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in bills, intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, news, privacy, reports by sally

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, should not seek to give the intelligence agencies full access to an individual’s web browsing history, Labour and the former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg are both likely to say when the government publishes its draft investigatory powers bill on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2015

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Court of Appeal hears government surveillance law case – BBC News

‘Judges have begun hearing a government appeal against a ruling that its surveillance legislation is unlawful.’

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BBC News, 22nd October 2015

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Charity Commission and terrorism suspect campaigners Cage in high court – The Guardian

‘The right to fund unpopular causes is at the heart of a key case heard in the high court on Wednesday, in a legal battle that pits controversial campaigners Cage against the charity regulator.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2015

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