Big Brother Watch at the party conferences

commons dayThis year Big Brother Watch will be hosting the fringe event ‘Civil Liberties in a digital age’ at Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrats Party Conferences.  We very much hope that you are able to join us at one of these events.

LABOUR

Date: Monday 22nd September

Time: 15:45 – 16:45

Venue: TechCentral Marquee, Manchester Central (secure zone, immediately after the security check point)

Speakers:

  • David Blunkett, Member of Parliament for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough and former Home Secretary
  • Steve Reed, Member of Parliament for Croydon North
  • Stephen Deadman, Group Privacy Officer for Vodafone
  • Emma Carr, Director of Big Brother Watch (Chairman)

CONSERVATIVE

Date: Monday 29th September

Time: 12:00 – 13:00

Venue: TechCentral Marquee, ICC (secure zone, immediately after the security check point)

Speakers:

  • John Whittingdale, Chairman of Culture, Media and Sport Committee and Member of Parliament  for Maldon,
  • Dominic Raab, Member of Parliament for Esher and Walton
  • Stephen Deadman, Group Privacy Officer for Vodafone
  • Emma Carr, Director of Big Brother Watch (Chairman)

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

Date: Sunday 5th October

Time: 09:30 – 10:30 (breakfast will be provided)

Venue: TechCentral, Etive in the SECC (secure zone, the room is situated on the ground floor level, behind the Lomond auditorium.)

Speakers:

  • Norman Baker, Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Member of Parliament for Lewes
  • Julian Huppert, Member of Parliament for Cambridge
  • Stephen Deadman, Group Privacy Officer for Vodafone
  • Emma Carr, Director of Big Brother Watch (Chairman)

 We will also be launching our 2015 general election manifesto ahead of the conferences. More details to follow shortly.

As well as our own fringes, we will also be speaking at the following:

CONSERVATIVE

Build your own manifesto

Fringe Organiser: Freedom Association

Date: Monday 29 September

Time: 15:15

Venue: Freedom Zone, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP (outside of secure zone)

Speakers:

  • Nick de Bois MP (Member of the Justice Committee)
  • Emma Carr (Director, Big Brother Watch)
  • Sam Bowman (Research Director, Adam Smith Institute)
  • Adam Memon (Head of Economic Research, Centre for Policy Studies)
  • Matthew Sinclair (Senior Consultant, Europe Economics).

Social Media Freedom

Fringe Organiser: Freedom Association

Date: Tuesday 30 September

Time: 1630

Venue: Freedom Zone, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP (outside of secure zone)

Speakers:

  • Jack Hart (Communications Manager, The Freedom Association)
  • College of Policing representative
  • Emma Carr [Chairman] (Director, Big Brother Watch).

Don’t Spy On Us: Surveillance, where do you draw the line?

Fringe Organiser: Don’t Spy On Us Coalition

Date: Monday 29th September

Time: 1700-1800

Venue: TechCentral Marquee, ICC (secure zone, immediately after the security check point)

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP,
  • Emma Carr, Director – Big Brother Watch;
  • Thomas Hughes, Director – ARTICLE19;
  • Paul Johnson, Deputy Editor – The Guardian;
  • Mark Stephens, Chair – Global Network Initiative;
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor – ConservativeHome (Chair).
Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Home | 7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. UK Event: Civil Liberties In A Digital Age | The Surveilled
    8th September 2014

    […] Privacy and civil liberties campaign group, Big Brother Watch, will be hosting an event at the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrats party conferences. Information about the events can be seen below or found on their website. […]

  2. Ben
    23rd September 2014

    “…after the security check point.”
    Says it all really.

  3. Scott
    30th September 2014

    @ Ben;

    That’ll be the check point where they have to surrender there Phone just like down at the DWP because, it’s got a Camera and they dont like being on Film in a Government Department.

    ICC – Isnt that also the name of the International Committee for the Crimea?

    All these Civil Liberty check’s and balances but the careful wording from Ms May avoid’s mentioning of the Data Protection Act – or more specifically section 8 of that Act as Ammended and rattified under UK Law.

  4. Scott
    30th September 2014

    The individual’s right to privacy must be balanced against the need to investigate offences and collect taxes effectively. If a data controller is approached by a law enforcement authority or by a tax collecting authority, which seeks to have personal data disclosed to it under this section of the Data Protection Act, it is a matter for the data controller: (i) to satisfy itself that the provisions of this section are met, for example by establishing the bona fides of the authority and by obtaining assurances that the disclosure is actually necessary, and not merely of side interest, for the investigation of an offence; and (ii) to decide whether or not to comply with the request for disclosure. While this section of the Data Protection Act lifts the restrictions on disclosure by a data controller to a law enforcement authority or to a tax collecting authority, this section does not impose any obligation on a data controller to comply with the request for disclosure.

  5. Scott
    30th September 2014

    I’ve sat here listening to the arguements from both side’s of the bench. The claim that these newer powers will not be abused has already been swayed by the fact that employees have already been found to have been abusing that authority so granted.

    Case in Point: Spying on the ex-girlfriend, would fall under the catagory of Stalking under the DPA.

    Being a programmer I can assure the UK Government that there are indeed secure systems in use around the world, that prevent this Manifesto of knowing it all, owning it all and controlling it all and those systems are currently in use by other governments in some countries that would rather not share how it’s done!

  6. Scott
    1st October 2014

    Bad software is universal, by increasing there snoopers charter all they’re going to do is make bad software worse!

  7. Scott
    1st October 2014

    Been a stanch tory most of my life but that opinion is fast changing to support of Nigel and the uKiP along with the Lib-Dems!