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A Summary of the Snoopers’ Charter

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It was almost inevitable that the Communications Data Bill, aka the Snoopers’ Charter, would be called for once again in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris. Having regenerated a number of times since the powers were first mooted in 2007 under a Labour Government, the powers have proved to continuously be controversial due to their un-targeted nature. This is a brief summary of the Snoopers’ Charter. Background The Communications Data Bill would require ISP’s and mobile phone companies to …

BBW reaction to the JCHR report into the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill

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Emma Carr, director of Big Brother Watch, said: “This report clearly shows that the Home Secretary has failed to answer a series of questions relating to the legal requirements for the blanket retention of communications.  If the Joint Committee on Human Rights is unable to get a straight answer then what hope is there for the rest of us? “A lack of response for precise details from the Home Secretary combined with the failure to wait for the conclusions of …

JCHR Report into the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill

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The Joint Committee on Human Rights has today published a report providing legislative scrutiny of the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill. In November last year we provided a breakdown of what was going to be contained in the Bill and our initial analysis. Key points from the JCHR report: On scrutiny of the Bill 1.8 We wrote to the Home Secretary on 10 September requesting a human rights memorandum on the measures announced by the Prime Minister in his Statement …

Response to renewed calls for the Snoopers Charter

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Responding to calls to revive the communications data bill, aka the Snoopers Charter, Emma Carr, director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “It is wholly unacceptable for this tragedy in Paris to be used as a means to call for a return of the Snoopers Charter. It is the wrong solution and would divert resources from focused surveillance operations at a time when the agencies are already struggling to cope with the volume of information …

Merry Christmas from Big Brother Watch

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2014 has been an incredible year for Big Brother Watch, with the team being busier than ever before. The aftermath of the Snowden revelations, surveillance legislation being pushed through Parliament in mere days, and landmark EU rulings on data retention, are just a few of the issues we have encountered this year that have highlighted why the  work that Big Brother Watch does is more important than ever. As we near our 5th anniversary it has been very exciting to …

Response to the HASC report on RIPA

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Emma Carr, director of Big Brother Watch, said: “When a senior Parliamentary Committee says that the current legislation is not fit for purpose, then this simply cannot be ignored. It is now abundantly clear that the law is out of date, the oversight is weak and the recording of how the powers  are used is patchy at best. The public is right to expect better. “The conclusion of the Committee that the level of secrecy surrounding the use of these …

HASC concludes that surveillance legislation is “not fit for purpose”.

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The Home Affairs Select Committee has published a report today into the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, concluding that the legislation “is not fit for purpose” and “needs a complete overhaul”. Big Brother Watch has published a briefing on RIPA, which can be accessed here (PDF). Our director, Emma Carr, talked to BBC News about the report. BBC News Emma Carr HASC RIPA Report from BigBrotherWatch on Vimeo. Key conclusions: S94 Telecommunications Act There is no …

Briefing Note: Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

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We have produced a briefing document on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), the main surveillance legislation that is used by public authorities, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies. The briefing can be accessed here. BACKGROUND RIPA governs the use of covert surveillance powers. In 2012 the Protection of Freedoms Act was introduced, partly to solve some of the issues created by the legislation, such as the use of intrusive surveillance for minor issues. Many problems still remain and …

Big Brother Watch Advent Calendar

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Every day in December we will be opening the BBW advent calendar, which includes practical tips to keep your devices and profiles safe online.

Counter Terrorism and Security Bill

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The Counter Terrorism and Security Bill is due to be published today, making it the seventh major counter terrorism law introduced in Britain since 9/11. The Bill can be accessed here. Although we are still waiting to see the detail of the Bill, there are three Big Brother Watch briefing notes which are relevant: TPIMs, IP address matching, and the capability gap. A brief analysis of what the Bill will include: Barring returning terrorists Temporary exclusion orders will be introduced …

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