Time to drop the Snoopers Charter

Tuesday, 11 December, 2012 - 14:45

The Home Secretary Theresa May has said she would press on with the Communications Data Bill, more widely known as the "Snooper's Charter", despite almost universal opposition -- from Liberal Democrat coalition partners, industry, civil rights organisations, the public and the parliamentary committee that was asked to look into it.

Pirate Party UK Home Affairs spokesperson Finlay Archibald said:

Deep Web, Deep Privacy

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By Conrad Jaeger:

Tell someone that you know how to go off-radar on the Internet and, as a rule, they won’t believe you. They imagine shadowy intelligence agencies have state-of-the-art technology and can see everything you do. But they would be wrong.

No doubt they do have amazing technology, but it is perfectly possible to hide yourself on the Internet, to send and receive emails that nobody can intercept or read, to upload and download securely, to visit banned websites, blog anonymously, and do anything you want without being followed, profiled or analysed. Those that know how use the Deep Web.

A Snoopers Charter

Thursday, 14 June, 2012 - 17:15

A future with less freedom, not more?

Andy Halsall commented on the lack of respect for liberties that the Draft Communications Data Bill (CDB) provides especially in the context of election promises and the coalition agreement between parties in Government.

The Draft Communications Bill

Thursday, 14 June, 2012 - 13:30

'A Snoopers Charter'

The Draft Communications Data Bill (CDB) is the latest incarnation of the Interception Modernisation Programme. CDB is a mass surveillance scheme for the UK. It will allow the logging of every phone call, email, text message and letter as well as communication on social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Loz Kaye commented on the draft issued today:

Privacy, Super-Injunctions and the Media - Dispelling Myths

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Privacy law in the UK is fairly simple but its application is confusing, and this confusion has not been helped by recent events. Over the last few weeks we have seen intense criticism of the law, and its application by the judiciary, coming from politicians, the media and even the Prime Minister. Not everything being reported by any of these groups is entirely accurate. While this post will attempt to clarify the law to some degree, for a more complete picture, the recent European Court of Human Rights judgment in Mosley v The United Kingdom has a thorough outline of the law, and the Committee on Super-Injunctions produced a very thorough report on the current situation.

Pirate Party UK disappointed by CPS decision not to prosecute BT

Friday, 8 April, 2011 - 17:15

The Pirate Party UK is disappointed that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has refused to give permission for a private prosecution of BT over its secretive trial of the invasive Phorm scheme which tracked customers behaviours online.

Anti-Piracy Firm Accidentally Releases Emails

Saturday, 25 September, 2010 - 22:15

The law firm ACS Law, notorious for its actions against alleged file-sharers, has experienced a series of attacks on their website over the last week. While the attacks were shrugged off by the firm's principal (and only) solicitor, at one point the attacks appear to have caused a 'back-up' version of the site to be exposed.

ACTA - Making a Difference

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As some of you may be aware, the latest draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been leaked (via Knowledge Ecology International) and, as with the previous leaks, it is somewhat disappointing and distressing.

ACTA has many problems that make it a serious issue for all citizens, not just the Pirate movement. Firstly, and most importantly, it's being negotiated in almost total secrecy; despite the fact that provisions we have seen in leaked drafts would affect the way nearly everybody shares information on the Internet and otherwise, only a small number of non-governmental "stakeholders" have been invited to comment on the proposed measures, and even elected officials such as MPs and MEPs are being kept almost entirely in the dark during the negotiations. Beyond the legislation-laundering manner in which ACTA is being drawn up, the best way to describe the treaty's effect is as the worst parts of the Digital Economy Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other far-reaching anti-piracy legislation, which goes even further down the same draconian road towards destruction of the Internet as we know it.

Solihull school installs CCTV in children's toilets

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While catching up on local news, I was shocked to read that a school near my home town of Worcester has installed CCTV in the children's toilets.

I wasn't shocked that it happened, because I have read so many stories recently about people in low level positions of authority who assume they have a 'right to spy' that trumps any else's right to privacy. What shocked me was the headline itself. It didn't say "Headmaster arrested for installing CCTV in children's toilets", or "Headmaster resigns after being caught installing CCTV in children's toilets." It didn't even say "Headmaster apologises after installing CCTV in children's toilets." Instead the headline was a plain and unadorned "Chelmsley Wood school puts CCTV in pupil toilets."

The Pirate Party UK Launches its 2010 Election Manifesto

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After a huge amount of work by our policy groups, policy group leaders, our manifesto co-ordinator, by the web team who built voting software, and most of all by the members of the party who put forward the proposals and voted democratically on every point, I am very proud to announce that our 2010 general election manifesto is now ready.


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