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Pirate Party to run on crowd-sourced manifesto

Monday, 20 April, 2015 - 11:30

The Pirate Party is to run on UK politics' first truly crowd-sourced manifesto. The Pirate Party stands for bringing democracy closer to people and making a politics which works with them.

The General Election fighting manifesto for candidates is here.

The full policy set is available at: https://pirateparty.org.uk/Policy

Key points are:

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:

Snoopers' Charter won't be part of the Counter Terrorism bill

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 The proposed amendments to the CTSB were withdrawn after debate.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:

Snoopers' Charter Dropped - For Now

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After Monday's debate the amendments were withdrawn.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:

Iraq Report Kicked Out In To The Sand

Wednesday, 21 January, 2015 - 15:30

The inquiry chaired by John Chilcot into the UK's role in the 2003 Iraq invasion and its consequences will not now be published before the General Election. There is reported to be US-UK tension about revealing the personal messages between George W Bush and Tony Blair. Controversy continues about the circumstances of the allegations that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Pirate Party Delivers on Copyright

Monday, 19 January, 2015 - 10:15

EU copyright rules simply aren't suited to cope with the increase of cross-border cultural exchange facilitated by the Internet, an upcoming European Parliament own-initiative report evaluating 2001's copyright directive finds. The draft released today by Julia Reda, MEP for the German Pirate Party, lays out an ambitious reform agenda for the overhaul of EU copyright announced in the Commission's work programme.

Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda said:

Digital Economy Act Lite To Roll Out

Tuesday, 22 July, 2014 - 16:00

The "Digital Economy Act lite" programme of sending spam "education" emails announced under a voluntary agreement between copyright industry bodies and ISPs is to roll out.

The four big ISPs - BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky - are set to surveil their customers and send out emails under the scheme called Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (Vcap).

The controversial Digital Economy Act, forced through in the dying days of the Gordon Brown Government set out a similar scheme, but it has not been enacted.

Democracy on Strike

Thursday, 10 July, 2014 - 20:30

Unions representing public sector workers, including teachers, firefighters and civil servants have been on strike today with the Fire Brigade Union planning to carry out more 2 hour strikes over a number of days.

The strikes follow disputes with the government over pay, pensions and cuts including the three year public sector pay freeze and subsequent below inflation pay rise of 1%. 

Surveillance Stitch Up to be Rushed Through

Thursday, 10 July, 2014 - 10:15

Legislation described as "emergency" will be brought in next week to force phone and internet companies to keep records of phone calls, texts and internet use. The proposals were agreed by all three main parties out of public view in the course of this week.

This follows a recent ruling of the European Court of Justice that such powers entail "a wide ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data".

Information Commissioner decides Home Office must release report on EU Freedom of Movement

Friday, 4 July, 2014 - 14:30

A controversial report into EU Freedom of Movement, written as part of the government's review of the balance of competencies within the European Union must be disclosed, the Information Commissioner has decided.
The report was due to be published at the end of 2013, but unlike the other eight reports published on the 13th of February 2014, the 'Single Market: Free Movement of Persons' report was held back, with reports from some sources claiming that it had been held back indefinitely.

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