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Terrorism and the Law: cause and effect or effect and cause?

Posted by Kevin on January 9, 2015

Many years ago towards the end of the First Crypto War a Home Office advocate who patrolled one of the crypto mailing lists wrote that it would only take one terrorist spectacular for the people to demand that the government take more control over all things cyber. And then, just a few years later, along […]

The danger of casual CCTV surveillance

Posted by Kevin on January 6, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I asked if Sainsbury is — or at least was at the time — in breach of the Data Protection Act. I have no doubt that it was. The issue was Sainsbury’s practice of using ANPR cameras on every vehicle entering its car park at the Torquay Willows store. I […]

Is Sainsbury in breach of the Data Protection Act?

Posted by Kevin on December 23, 2014

When you enter the Sainsbury car park at its Willows store in Torquay. a big sign flashes up your car number plate. In smaller figures it also displays the time by which you must depart, viz, four hours later. There is no explanation of why, how or by whom your number plate is recorded. I […]

Tribunal rules that GCHQ mass surveillance is not illegal

Posted by Kevin on December 6, 2014

When British jurisprudence is caught between a rock (the wishes of government) and a hard place (the law), it resorts to some wonderful contortions to escape. The rock is immovable; but luckily the law is malleable — and with one deft twist the beaks are free. Privacy International (PI) and others had sought a ruling […]

Protect your Privacy from as little as 7p per day

Posted by Alexander Hanff on November 10, 2014

How many of you use mobile data? Have you read the terms and conditions of your mobile contract? If you have you will be aware that pretty much every mobile carrier in the world grants themselves permission to read your emails, monitor which web sites you visit and a whole host of other privacy invading […]

Money and Power: the motivations of surveillance

Posted by Kevin on November 2, 2014

When we go shopping, would we accept someone with a notebook following our every footstep and making notes on where we stop at every counter in every shop, what we buy and when? And if we challenged that stalker, would we accept the argument that he is doing it for our own good so that […]

Arguments as circular as the GCHQ building

Posted by Kevin on October 28, 2014

A complaint by Privacy International against the six undersea fibre optic cable companies, including BT and Vodafone, that facilitate GCHQ’s mass surveillance practices has been rejected by the UK agency charged with ensuring corporate compliance with human rights obligations, after the companies refused to reveal the extent of their cooperation with GCHQ. Let’s see if […]

Britain’s surveillance would turn the Stasi green with envy

Posted by Kevin on October 13, 2014

7 October 2014; The Guardian National Crime Agency director general: UK snooping powers are too weak “Britons must accept a greater loss of digital freedoms in return for greater safety from serious criminals and terrorists in the internet age, according to the country’s top law enforcement officer.” That is, the National Crime Agency, which works hand […]

Of paedophiles, cybercriminals and surveillance

Posted by Kevin on July 18, 2014

The European cops have been busy this week. First the UK’s NCA announced the arrest of 660 suspected paedophiles (Wednesday); and then (Thursday) Europol announced the dismantling of a Romanian cybercrime network. I don’t want to make too much of it being the same week in which the UK government bulldozes through a new cyber […]

UN damns DRIP even before it is law

Posted by Kevin on July 16, 2014

There is a huge irony that on the very day that the British Government, Small Brother to the US Big Brother global surveillance alliance, whips its lackeys into subservience in order to get yet another surveillance bill through the House of Commons, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, warns: …Governmental mass surveillance […]