Privacy

Leaked document reveals secret government plan to disrupt encryption

On May 4th, 2017, the Open Rights group released a document detailing government plans to install backdoors enabling them to intercept real-time communications of up to 10,000 people.

By doing so Amber Rudd’s plan to ban end to end encryption will come to reality. This will not only force any company with more than 10,000 users to let government organisations view in real time the communications of any of their users, but by doing so will enable any hacker in the world with the codes to access the "hand-over point", but it gets worse. This hand-over point is chosen by the warrant issuer to ensure real-time access, that will mean that potentially insecure nodes will be used to pass messages onto agents, nodes that can easily be hacked.

While the Pirate Party UK sees the value of reading the messages of suspected criminals, doing so at the almost certain cost of sharing user messages to anyone in the world. This is yet another example of how government ministers misunderstanding basic principles of IT and jumping to solutions, then pushing these proposals through in secret

Jerry Fishenden resigns from Co-chair of the PCAG

Jerry Fishenden, one of the UK's leaders in the world of technology, has resigned from his position as co-chair of the PCAG (Privacy Consumer Advice Group) (Fishenden 2017).

The PCAG was founded in 2006 to ensure that legislation is reasonable and achievable for tech companies before it is debated by MPs. According to the government, the PCAG aims to ensure:

  • Users are in control of their information
  • Information isn’t centralised
  • Users have a choice of who provides services on their behalf

On his blog, (Fishenden 2017) Fishenden states how over recent years his group has been increasingly ignored. He specifically points out part five of the Digital Economy Act which weakens citizens control of their data and makes it easier for public authorities and other organisations to share it (Say, 2017).

Fishenden also makes comment on how he and his group have written multiple letters to the MCO (Minster for the Cabinet Offices). However, since Francis Maude’s departure from the Position, the group has had less and less support.

President Obama commutes Manning's sentence after dealing blow to privacy

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017 - 22:15

As one of the final acts of his final term as Commander-in-Chief, President Obama announced today that he would be commuting Chelsea Manning's sentence, bringing forward her release following a 35-year sentence from 2045 to May 17th this year, as well as organising for the responsibility of her incarceration to no longer sit under the purview of the Department of Defence. Whilst incarcerated by the department, Chelsea has been prevented from seeing any surgeons to discuss sexual reassignment, and is still held to male military standards.

David Elston : #SnoopersCharter / IPBill

A simple introduction to the #SnoopersCharter/IP Bill in this Youtube video.

Chris Monteiro : Future Artefacts - Future Piracy – Appropriation and Production

Our very own Chris Monteiro speaks with Future Artefacts to discuss the future of copyright, piracy, production and appropriation in this video.

Pirates needed to oppose Snoopers Charter

Tuesday, 1 November, 2016 - 23:00

The two largest parties in our government are clearly content with Theresa May's vision of a country that watches everyone. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems and Greens are proving to be ineffective at making a convincing case to stop or considerably restrict what the Investigatory Powers Bill can do.

We in the Pirate Party have been warning of the erosion of our civil liberties in this bill and ones just like it for years. It is why a Pirate voice is needed more than ever at all levels of government.

Snooper for PM

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Despite the zombie IP Bill (Snooper's Charter) being knocked back to the depths from whence it came repeatedly, Teresa May's dark magic managed to revive the bill time and time again. Sadly the lack of opposition from Labour helped facilitate this bill and now it's creator is set to be our next Prime Minister.


Her coronation to PM is a sad day for privacy advocates. While our ISPs will be keeping hordes of data on us, Teresa May will get to decide as she leads the country into paranoia and a lack of privacy what to use that data for.

Opinion: infer ad Infinitum

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Danfox Davies / Southampton / 15.1.2016

 

“A wise man knows that confidentiality equals profit” - The 30th Ferengi Rule of Acquisition, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

 

Danfox Davies : The Genetic Grinch Scenario

(or How Gene Patent Trolls Stole Your Food)

This article is made of a few different parts. The first is a hypothetical dystopian scenario, but one very much rooted in our lives and perfectly possible trajectories of trends. Company names and product names mentioned are used only as EXAMPLES in that part of the article, and no bias or prediction of actual corporate actions or combinations is intended. The fact that I have to say this makes some of my point for me.

The second deals with the present in the USA, and places the reader in the position of an American plains arable farmer, finishing with a mild dipping of toes into conspiracy conjecture.

The third compares the direction of the GMO food industry with that of pharmaceutical firms and puts it against the backdrop of TTIP/TPP/TISA negotiation.

The fourth explains more reasons why banning GMOs will not help.

The fifth is to say you should decide what you CAN do, and makes suggestions.

YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A LUNCH

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