Digital Rights

Going Equipped

Adrian Farrel's picture

Section 25 of the 1968 Theft Act created the offence of "going equipped" for burglary or theft and refers to the possession of housebreaking implements including any item that is designed to be used to carry out a theft or burglary, as well as any items made specifically by a thief for use in committing a burglary.

The CPS [1] says that that law makes it an offence to knowingly possess an article for use in the course of or in connection with theft/ burglary and observes that the possession of the article must occur before the commission of the offence.

The CPS goes on to say that "Prosecutors should consider the evidence as a whole in order to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence that the item is possessed for use or in connection with theft. Possession of an item alone, such as an empty rucksack or a pair of gloves, may be insufficient to found a charge of going equipped."

Remote Access Tools, Cease and Desist

Matthew Hickey's picture
Police forces across the UK recently carried out an 'intensive period of UK-wide action against cyber crime' under the guide of the National Crime Agency (NCA). A public statement from the NCA concerning the arrest of 57 alleged cyber criminals is available to read here: I would first like to highlight the great initiative being shown by the NCA in taking steps to deter criminal activity in the UK. However some of the comments made within the statement have implications on our digital freedoms and the rights of the public. 


Thoughts on 'Your Response v Datateam Business Media': Databases, information and property

Will Tovey's picture

A Court of Appeal case has come close to accepting information, such as a database, as property. The consequences of such a ruling, overturning decades of precedent, would be vast - giving individuals ownership rights over thoughts and ideas.

Judgment available here: Your Response Ltd v Datateam Business Media Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 281This case concerned a Publisher (Datateam) and a Data Manager (Your Response). The Publisher had contracted with the Data Manager to run their subscriber database. The Published ended the contract and a dispute arose as the Data Manager refused to hand over the database until it had been paid and the Publisher refused to pay until it had the database.

The main issue the Court of Appeal had to decide on was whether YR could exercise a common law possessory lien over the database. This is an old contractual remedy whereby someone (originally an artificer) who was in possession of goods in order to carry out some work relating to them was entitled to keep them if they were not paid for their work (or until they were paid).

Fighting digital exclusion

The online revolution has transformed our lives forever. Never before have we had such an opportunity to share information, express our opinions and participate in new opportunities. The Pirate Party believes it's time to think about digital rights rather than digital privilege.

The online economy is now worth £82 billion a year. The Internet now contributes to over 20% of economic growth in the UK. It's used for everything from banking and shopping to accessing council services and applying for schools for our children; it is vital that all can participate on an equal footing.

Guardian : Pirate Bay 10th Anniversary

Pirate Bay's 10th Birthday is a milstone for Internet Freedom.

Ten years on, the groundbreaking filesharing site is still an emblem of the debate over censorship and digital policy.

An internet milestone has just been reached: Pirate Bay has passed its 10th anniversary. The iconic/notorious site (pick your adjective) celebrated with a party just outside Stockholm. Who knows, perhaps entertainment bosses were simultaneously weeping into their champagne and plotting new action against their favourite enemy. The filesharing hub is arguably the most famous of all sites providing access to torrent files and magnet links to allow peer-to-peer sharing. If that means nothing to you, it's like being able to swap those tapes you made of Radio 1 chart shows with anyone in the world.

Monday, 12 August, 2013 - 22:00

Government Caving on Snoopers' Charter – Still Much to be Done

Thursday, 25 April, 2013 - 15:15

In what would be a humiliating climbdown for Theresa May cracks opened up again in the coalition on civil liberties. In a U-turn from his appearance in favour of the CDB on the BBC Today programme Nick Clegg announced "that is not necessarily workable or proportional so it's not going to happen".

The Coalition Has No Digital Rights Policy

Loz Kaye's picture

The Pirate Party movement believes that the way information is shared and controlled is a key fight in 21st century politics. The Internet gives us tools to participate in a more active and equal way in culture, political life and the economy - if we are able to grasp them. These tools, which we could only have only dreamt about two decades ago, have opened up a new front in politics. Every key story this year has had a digital dimension; from the riots to “Hackgate”, from the Middle East to failings in our education system. We all should have the right to take part in the peaceful information revolution.