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Public don’t trust Snoopers’ Charter and say it’s a waste of money

Today Big Brother Watch has published new research showing just how little support the Home Office’s draft Communications Data bill has. You can read our briefing on the bill here and why we don’t...

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Putting a price on our data

A new report by Boston Consulting Group on behalf of Liberty Global has attempted to answer the question we often ask – how much is our personal data worth? We’ve previously warned that with free...

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Chilling freedom of speech, one poppy picture arrest at a time

In the latest of a series of frankly bizarre and unwarranted arrests, Kent Police yesterday took a 19 year old into custody. His crime? “This follows a posting on a social network site of a burning...

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The alternatives to the draft Communications Data Bill

The internet has clearly changed the way we communicate, and of course criminals are utilising the same technology we do to communicate with one another. Big Brother Watch has submitted supplementary...

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Two examples why we don’t need the draft Communications Data Bill

This morning, The Sun carries an article making several claims about the draft Communications Data Bill that bear a striking resemblance to “Mrs May says the new law would be a massive help in...

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Committee says no to draft Communications Data Bill

The draft Communications Data Bill has today been roundly criticised by the committee of MPs and Peers, who make clear that the draft Bill is not fit for purpose and unacceptable in its current form....

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New CPS prosecution guidelines for offences committed on social media

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published interim guidelines on when it is appropriate to prosecute people for communications they send on social media. If the objective was a return to common...

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Experts warn the cloud’s privacy dangers

The Government’s use of the Cloud may be put on hold after Members of Parliament raised concerns that the service allows sensitive personal information about British citizens to be spied on by the US...

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Heroic assumptions from the Home Office

This week saw the publication of the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report into the Draft Communications Data Bill. While the report only looks at the way the intelligence and security agencies...

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Big Brother, Big Data and you

Data analytics is nothing new, with all kinds of organisations around the world trying to join-the-dots of all the data they hold and the swathes of data available online, much of it being published by...

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Less than 48 hours before we are part of the Leveson regulation

3pm Friday is the deadline for amendments to be submitted to the Crime and Courts Bill, which is in the Lords on Monday. The clauses being considered include those for various parts of the Leveson...

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Fifteen reasons the Communications Data Bill is the wrong approach

The Home Office still appears to be pressing ahead with it’s plans to monitor the internet and many of our supporters have asked for an update of what is happening. Simply, we do not know. The process...

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Communications data, North Korea style

One of the Prime Minister’s closest advisors has warned that the Home Office’s Communications Data plans to monitor email and web use could be “disastrous” and compared it to North Korea. As reported...

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Experts say drop web snooping plans

Today’s Times newspaper leads with an important development on the Communications Data Bill. A group of ten leading academics and computer science experts have added their voices to the growing chorus...

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The taxman wants to HMRC who you’ve been calling

Under the (brilliant) headline ‘We’re Under Atax’ the Sun exclusively reveals today reveals the extent of the taxman’s snooping. As our Freedom of Information request shows, Between 2009 and 2011, HRMC...

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Who decides what we can see online?

Today, along with the Open Rights Group, English PEN and Index on Censorship, we have signed a letter to Culture Secretary Maria Miller highlighting our concerns about the current debate around...

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Press comment: NSA spying, GCHQ and Prism

Nick Pickles, director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “There are legal processes to request information about British citizens using American services and if...

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New research: Global attitudes to privacy online

Our latest research looks at consumer attitudes towards online privacy, with the findings confounding presumptions that consumers – young or old – do not care about their privacy. Undertaken by ComRes,...

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GCHQ revelations must lead to Parliamentary inquiry into RIPA

Recent alarming revelations have raised some incredibly important questions about the use of surveillance techniques and Big Brother Watch, alongside seven other foremost campaign croups, have called...

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Intelligence and Securtity Committee reports on PRISM

The ISC has today made a statement on it’s investigation into PRISM, following the revelations made by whistleblower Edward Snowden. While it appears the investigation was limited to PRISM, as opposed...

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