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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 It is now abundantly clear that the law is out of date, the oversight is weak and the recording of how the powers  are used is patchy at best.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 …

Reaction to the Intelligence and Security Committee Report

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Renate Samson, Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch, said: “The conclusion that a failing of an unnamed technology company should determine future legislation, whilst the catalogue of errors by the intelligence agencies is all but excused, is of grave concern. “The report revealed multiple failures by the intelligence agencies to use the powers available to them to monitor communications. The government should use this report as a blueprint to re-evaluate the decision making and record keeping processes of the intelligence …

BRIEFING NOTE: Counter Terrorism and Security Bill and IP address matching

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The Government has announced that it will bring forward proposals to enable IP address matching. The measures would require internet firms to keep records of customer information, to enable law enforcement bodies to decipher who was using a device, such as a smart phone or computer, at a given time. We have produced a briefing note (PDF) on the proposals. The key issues with the proposals are: There are questions over whether or not this will be technically feasible. Proper …

Reaction to the Home Secretary’s speech to RUSI on the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

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Emma Carr, director of Big Brother Watch, said: “The Home Secretary’s speech today highlights that the “snoopers charter” is anything but dead and buried. “The detail in the speech has done little to quell concerns regarding the technical requirements for retention of IP addresses.  It is essential that Wednesday’s Counter Terrorism and Security Bill shows that clear discussions have taken place with the ISP’s and that the Government have a solid understanding of the policy’s technical feasibility. “The snoopers charter was …

Home Secretary announces plans to introduce IP address matching powers

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When the Communications Data Bill was scrapped in 2013, one of the issues that appeared to have full political consensus was the ‘resolution of IP addresses’ – particularly where mobile phone operators may have millions of customers using just a few hundred IP addresses. In the simplest of terms, an IP address is the address you access the internet through (although ways of masking this are nothing new nor particularly technically challenging). The Home Secretary has announced her intention to …

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