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Privacy Campaigners Smeared by ISC

Friday, 13 March, 2015 - 16:30

In a recent report by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), MPs singled out privacy campaigners by selectively quoting evidence that seemingly implies an indifference toward terrorism.

The inquiry was tasked to investigate the impact intrusive surveillance activities has on privacy. It was sparked after whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed US and UK mass surveillance programmes and detailed extensive internet and phone surveillance.

Pirate Party Leader, Loz Kaye said:

Conservatives to increase government power, scrap the HRA

Thursday, 2 October, 2014 - 18:00

The Prime Minister has confirmed that future majority Conservative government would repeal the Human Rights act and replace it with a yet undefined “British Bill of Rights”. 

In his speech to the Conservative party conference he said "This country will have a new British bill of rights to be passed in our parliament rooted in our values. And as for Labour’s Human Rights Act? We will scrap it, once and for all.”

Further details were released on jackofkent.com today ahead of a Conservative announcement. Responding to the latest releases:

The Fappening e quello che possiamo (dobbiamo) imparare

Article at adversus.it quoting Loz Kaye. Article in Italian, original quote follows:

STATEMENT ON PRIVACY BREACHES

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

"Recent leaks of nude photos are obviously a major and callous breach of privacy. They also serve as a wake up call to tech firms that they have a responsibility to protect their customers' data.

But at the end of the day the real responsibility is on individuals not to be douchebags and violate people's personal lives. That takes active moral choice for which there is no quick technological or legislative solution.

What is clear is that we live in a society that increasingly accepts attacks on privacy, by individuals, the press and the state. After all, less famous men and women have their private lives exposed all too frequently.. Equally the mass surveillance state has gone as far as to intercept often sexually explicit images via webcams through the 'Optic Nerve' operation.

It's time to turn that tendency around. The key is consent, and building a society that values consent."

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Optic Nerve operation background:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/gchq-nsa-webcam-images-internet-yahoo

Thursday, 4 September, 2014 (All day)

Outcry Over Plans to Sell Taxpayer Data

Saturday, 19 April, 2014 - 07:30

Concerns have been raised over plans by HMRC to sell access to anonymised tax records to  businesses, researchers and public bodies. This would include the records of the UK's 29.3 million taxpayers. The moves have been criticised by civil society and a former Government minister.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Care Data

There is nothing more important than your health and knowing you can talk to a doctor or nurse in confidence. Now this government has put that at risk.  Your doctor will soon have to constantly supply your personal medical data to a central information centre, the "Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)". And these data can be given to organisations outside the NHS. 

Opinion: NHS "care.data": You Are Not a Patient, You Are a Commodity

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Danfox Davies – PPUK Contributor, Student, Hackerspace Leader

Well, what do you know. The government saw fit to send us a message about the NHS and all the wonderful things they are doing for us with it. The Guardian tells us a bit about it here.

I suppose we should be happy. A comprehensive database will help medical researchers stop epidemics before they start. It will help identify side-effects of drugs that didn't show up in testing... Brilliant, that's joined-up thinking, we should praise the technological awakening of our state healthcare system – the time it saves could even be enough to start reversing the fortunes of some of the hospitals the health secretary seems so eager to close. Big Data, it seems at a glance, may just have saved our NHS. Not that we should be proud of it. No, in fact the government seems to have done its level best to ensure we don't even notice the change has happened, whilst still just about claiming they are fulfilling their legal obligations to inform of these changes to our health service.

EE denies selling user data to tracking firm

RESEARCH FIRM Ipsos Mori has been accused of shopping around identifying details for 27 million EE mobile phone users, although the network has debunked the reports. 

Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye found reports of the death of the deal rather hard to swallow.

"It's tempting to think that EE have taken their name Everything Everywhere too literally. Ipsos Mori seem to want to have it both ways. Given the well documented problems with anonymisation, while Ben Page's statements are welcome, they are not entirely reassuring. It's difficult to square these promises with Ipsos Mori's announcement to the markets back in April that the deal will give 'the ability to access EE's entire database', he said.

Monday, 13 May, 2013 - 22:00

International Trade Policy

Principles for Trade Agreements

PIRATES stipulate that in all negotiations of the European Union on trade agreements the following conditions must be met:

Manchester Council 'SpyPad' Snooping Fears

Tuesday, 5 November, 2013 - 14:30

Council backed Minority Report style ad boards have hit Manchester City Centre streets. When the MiGuide interactive public information scheme was announced it was revealed that “Facial recognition technology built into the screens will enable advertisers to target ads based on the age and gender of users”.

Recent moves towards facial recognition technology in public spaces has alarmed privacy campaigners. Nick Pickles of Big Brother Watch said plans for Tesco to use targeted scanning in their petrol stations could be "literally scanning who you are".

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