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National Press Releases

  • Tuesday, 24 February, 2015 - 16:45

    Malcom Rifkind has announced that he will stand down as chair of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) with immediate effect. The committee is due to publish a report into privacy and security arising from the leaks by the NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden ahead of the general election in May.

    Two major advocates of mass surveillance, Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind were exposed for their involvement in a new “cash for access” scandal. They offered to use their positions on behalf of a fictitious Chinese company in return for payments of at least £5,000 per day....

  • Saturday, 7 February, 2015 - 00:45

    A judgement by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has deemed that the information intercepted in bulk by the NSA, and then used by GCHQ over a period of seven years, to be unlawful and a breach of human rights law. When GCHQ obtained data about British citizens from the NSA, it attempted to bypass protections within the UK legal system.

    Although the judgement covers GCHQ's access to Prism/Upstream, it doesn't cover Tempora and other UK programmes of mass surveillance.

    Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

    "The implications of this ruling are very serious. It...

  • Monday, 26 January, 2015 - 20:15

    A cross party group of peers lead by former Conservative defence minister Lord King attempted to insert the controversial Communications Data Bill in to the counter terrorism bill currently before the upper house.

    After Monday's debate the amendments were withdrawn.

    The Communications Data Bill has been widely criticised as a "Snoopers' Charter" for its blanket approach to surveillance.

    Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

    "It's good news for the British people that this outrageous attempt to sneak in the Snoopers' Charter by the back door has...

  • Monday, 26 January, 2015 - 20:15

    The attempt to insert the bulk of the Communications Data Bill (CDB) into the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) by a quartet of Lords has been dropped. The proposed amendments to the CTSB were withdrawn after debate.

    The cross-party group of four Lords included former Conservative defence secretary Lord King, Liberal Democrat former reviewer of counter-terror laws, Lord Carlile, the former Labour defence minister, Lord West, and former Metropolitan police commissioner, Lord Blair.

    The Pirate Party's Andy Halsall said:

    "It's great that after a...

  • Friday, 23 January, 2015 - 10:00

    A cross-party group of peers has proposed forcing through the text of the Communications Data Bill by inserting it in to the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill going through parliament. This would leave just days to consider complex legislation that has already been rejected.

    The Communications Data Bill was widely criticised as a "Snoopers' Charter" that attacked innocent citizens' privacy and opened the door legitimising the mass surveillance already in place as revealed by the Snowden leaks.

    Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said: 

    "This attempt to sneak...