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The right to privacy Vs the right to spy

Posted by Kevin on November 5, 2014

Human rights are hugely misunderstood — there is actually no such thing. We are born with no ‘rights’; we are simply born. The assertion of a right is nothing more than a refusal to accept a negative. It is a denial that some third party should be allowed to prevent something. In this way, a […]

The Islamic State’s Propaganda Network and the Forty-Nine Dollar Challenge

Posted by Richard Smith on November 4, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, this happened, in Iceland: ISNIC – Internet á Íslandi hf., which manages the registry for the .is country code, was forced to shut down a website on grounds of its content for the first time in the company’s history last night because terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) was using the […]

IMSI catchers in London

Posted by Kevin on November 4, 2014

The Times ran a report over the weekend claiming that the Metropolitan Police uses ‘IMSI catchers’, also known as Stingrays, to collect communications from mobile phone users. If you want the details you will need some serious hacking skills, or a Times subscription. But if you just want the gist, you can get it from […]

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 […]

Microsoft appeal against extraterritorial warrant dismissed

Posted by Kevin on August 2, 2014

Last week Judge Preska dismissed Microsoft’s attempt to quash a government warrant demanding a customer’s email content that is stored on a server located in Ireland. Microsoft’s argument is that US warrants do not extend extraterritorially, and that if the government seeks data from foreign nationals in a foreign state, it should use international law […]

Snowden documents should all be in the public domain

Posted by Kevin on July 21, 2014

Wow! The sooner that all Snowden documents are in the public domain the better. While there are some advantages in releasing the Snowden documents via the world’s media, those advantages are now long past. I would be happy for all field operative names to be redacted (but not those of office staff); but otherwise the […]

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 […]

GCHQ on trial and DRIP emergency data retention bill

Posted by Kevin on July 16, 2014

Coincidence? Only if the tooth fairy is real. In the same week in which Privacy International and other civil liberties groups are trying to force the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) to declare GCHQ internet spying activities illegal, prime minister Cameron is trying to force through parliament emergency new powers (DRIP) to make such activities legal. […]