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Opening the door to radical reform

Loz Kaye's picture

One of the defining issues that kicked off the Pirate movement was copyright. It was possibly the most defining issue, though post Snowden things look very different now. The web depends on sharing, transmitting, copying. And it was radical that this should be a political issue, not just an obsession for law geeks.

So obviously, it was seen of something of a triumph that Julia Reda  MEP was given the task of being Copyright Rapporteur. I'm sure we were all aware of the political danger. Anything too radical would have been ripped apart, not advocating for our views would be a significant failure. It's also true that being in the Green group is where we can get most influence now, they will also hold us back.  

You Only Need Write 2 Sentences to Your MP About the Snoopers Charter

Loz Kaye's picture

Before now I've asked Pirate Party members and supporters to write to their MPs about mass surveillance. Communicating with your MP is an important part of democracy - they are there to represent you and where you live.

It's really shocking the replies so many of you got were dismissive, stock party line responses, or worst of all being ignored altogether.
I can not in good conscience ask you to waste your time arguing any more.

All you need write is this:

If you allow the Communications Data Bill (Snoopers' Charter)  text to pass I will find a different candidate to vote for in May. And find as many people to join me as possible.

Oh, and stick to it.

NHS: Big Brother Knows Best, Your Decisions Mean Nothing.

Danfox Davies's picture

In yet another act sure to increase the speed of George Orwell's rotations in his grave, the NHS has decided that the opt-out forms I pointed out to many of you a year ago are not worth the paper they are printed on or emails they are sent in. Because, you see, you might have not understood fully the implications of opting out of your data being shared with private companies.  

Snooper’s Charter – the Zombie Bill that just won’t go away

Mark Chapman's picture

Four members of the House of Lords have attempted to bring back from the dead the Communications Data Bill – otherwise known as the Snoopers' Charter. The entirety of the bill that had previously been rejected (or at least put on hold) by Parliament – some 18 pages in all – was added as a late ‘amendment’ to the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill currently passing through the Lords. This is utterly cynical at best, and a total abuse of parliamentary procedure at worst.

The Communications Data Bill is the one which required ISPs (or any ‘telecommunications provider’) to keep a log of all activity associated with an individual or IP address. Whilst ostensibly requested for ‘security’ reasons (being played up again in the light of the Charlie Hebdo murders in France) – this mass retention of data is nothing less than oppressive, unwarranted, mass surveillance of the entire populace.

We know all too well from the Snowden revelations that power is abused by those who hold it – and that there is mission creep in the data retained and the uses to which it can be put. There is no reason to think that this would be any different.