GCHQ Mass Surveillance Unlawful

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:

Time for Parliament to act on Mass Surveillance

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We hear all the time that the British public don't care about mass surveillance, privacy and Edward Snowden, but we know that's not true. It may be that those inside the Westminster bubble have been able to hide from how people really feel up to now, but it's time to change that.
It's time for members of Parliament to stand up, be counted, and support our freedoms.

We are asking you to contact your Member of Parliament to ask them to support Early Day Motion 147. It need not take long, the important thing is you tell them how you feel on this issue. Not all MPs can sign EDMs, front benchers don't as a rule, but it is still important that you take this opportunity to let them know you care about mass surveillance.

First hints of intelligence in surveillance debate

Thursday, 27 March, 2014 - 20:30

The Whitehouse has issued a statement from President Barack Obama regarding US meta-data collection programmes.  The statement makes it clear that the president has decided that the US government should not collect or hold this data in bulk as it is a privacy concern. 

GCHQ's Watching You

Friday, 28 February, 2014 - 23:00

The latest Snowden files revealed by the Guardian show Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of innocent internet users. This was carried out under a blanket surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve.

The Day We Fight Back - 11th February 2014

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For months now Snowden's revelations have shown the true shocking extent of massive state surveillance. Much of the anger has rightly focused on the United States and the NSA. But as Edward Snowden put it, the UK and GCHQ "has a big dog in this fight" too.

Amongst what we've found out is the mass and indiscriminate collection of email, phone calls, website visits, facebook posts and tweets.  The breaking into, tapping of and collaboration with large corporations such as Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

Where there are laws surrounding the collection of these data which would prohibit our security services from collecting them, the collection was deliberately handed off to a foreign power not covered by those laws.

The talks surrounding the delegation of powers to the UK's security services which were abandoned last year were a farce; it was merely an attempt to legalise what was already happening, not a real discussion on the reality of surveillance.

Surveillance: Cameron Can't Tell Fact From Fiction

Friday, 31 January, 2014 - 13:15

David Cameron told a parliamentary committee that he plans, after the next election, to expand laws to allow the "politically contentious" surveillance of online activity. Essentially this will be another resurrection of the snooper's charter which has been killed twice, in the last two parliaments.

Despite the revelations of Snowden, and recent fears that some of GCHQ's operations may be illegal, Cameron said he has a "sense" that the British people do not care about this issue, and that the only opposition to the ongoing negation of privacy is media-driven.

GCHQ : Mastering the Internet

Friday, 21 June, 2013 - 18:30

The Guardian has reported that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), collects and stores vast quantities of global communications via taps on the fibre-optic cables that carry data between the US and Europe. This reportedly includes the collection of email messages, social media traffic, telephone calls and other data. GCHQ shares this collected information with the US. This programme appears to be separate and more extensive than the recently exposed PRISM programme run by the NSA.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:

Opinion: PRISM, Suspicious until proven innocent.

It seems that every other week we have a whistleblower to thank for making us more aware of what is being done on our behalf and apparently for our own good.  The most recent revelations give us a far better idea of the sorts of wide spread, in depth monitoring and surveillance that governments feel they can subject their citizens to.

Most recently, the US government has been shamed into acknowledging the existence a programme that allows it access to data held by US companies.  This programme, code-named PRISM, is an in-depth surveillance programme snooping on communications and stored information. The data available to US intelligence agencies includes email, chat, video, photos, file transfers, social networking details and more. Everything a government might want to put together a very personal picture of anyone from their activities on-line.

'PRISM' - Now available in the UK

Friday, 7 June, 2013 - 17:15

The Guardian has reported that the UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the agency responsible for providing signals intelligence to the UK Government, has been making use of the recently outed Top Secret US PRISM programme for its own intelligence collection efforts. PRISM apparently allows the intelligence community to covertly access a broad range of data held on the servers of several major US-based Internet companies.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said: