Snooping

Adrian Farrel : Why Responding to Terrorism with Curtailed Digital Freedom is Wrong

It is hard for anyone to continue the political debate in the aftermath of the events of Monday 22nd may in Manchester. Our thoughts are all occupied with concern for all those affected, and with love for our own children.

But one of the objectives behind this sort of attack is to disrupt our political system, to damage democracy, and cause us to change our way of life. The intention is to instil fear into us all, to cause us to hide and become hostile, to make us different from the open and culturally diverse nation that we are. It is important, as a way to mitigate this attack, that we strengthen the political debate and act to preserve our freedoms, rights, and civil liberties. We cannot bring back those who were killed, and we can only hope that the wounds, both physical and psychological, heal with time, but we can show the terrorists that we will not allow them to take our society down.

Several questions that are close to the centre of Pirate Party politics need to be addressed immediately. They are fundamental to the debate about freedom and yet appear to offer direct methods to reduce the likelihood of future attacks.

1. Information on how to make bombs is available online

It is true that all manner of very horrible things can be found on line. Some can be put to bad uses by people who want to do us harm. Some things are of their nature unacceptable.

In general, where illegal material is hosted on servers in the UK, the police already have powers to have that content removed. No new laws or powers are needed.

#NoLove4USGov - An extradition too far

Tuesday, 15 November, 2016 - 13:15

Amber Rudd has signed Lauri Love's extradition order despite huge public uproar, opposition both inside and outside her own party, inside and outside of government and a previous home secretary, now Prime Minister blocking an extradition with almost exactly the same conditions. Lauri is unlikely to meet justice in America, in his case the most likely outcome is jail without a trial.

Naomi Colvin of Courage Foundation has previously said:

Snooping Law Found Illegal

Friday, 17 July, 2015 - 12:00

Controversial surveillance legislation that was pushed through Parliament in days has been found to be unlawful by the High Court. It was found that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) failed to provide clear and precise rules to protect data and that the access is not authorised by a court and independent body.

UK surveillance legislation not fit for purpose, lacks transparency.

Thursday, 12 March, 2015 - 12:15

The report by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has said that the current piecemeal framework which governs how our intelligence services operate is unnecessarily complicated, resulting in a lack of transparency that is not in the public interest. 

Its inquiry has looked at the impact intrusive surveillance activities have on privacy. It was sparked after whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed US and UK mass surveillance programmes and detailed extensive internet and phone surveillance.

The ISC is recommending a new Act of Parliament to govern the intelligence and security Agencies. The legislation should clearly set out the intrusive powers available to the Agencies, the purposes for which they may use them, and the authorisation required before they may do so. 

Andy Halsall, Pirate Party Candidate for Sheffield Central said:

"This review was overdue. It's unfortunate that the report and subsequent recommendations were not put together by the ISC as part of its oversight function, but instead were prompted only when Edward Snowden blew the whistle on excessive surveillance. Without those leaks, we would not be debating these issues, or hearing about the serious concerns and proposed changes outlined in this report."

"Without Snowden, we would be less aware and less free."

‘We must turf out MPs who can’t protect our rights’ – Pirate Party UK leader on snooping

Interview by RT with Loz Kaye on Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling that the UK's program of dragnet data collection does not violate human rights.

Friday, 5 December, 2014 - 22:00

Government snooping plans: outrageous, ineffective and expensive

Monday, 2 April, 2012 - 10:45

This story looked for all the world like an April Fool's joke: Labour's plan for a massive surveillance programme that would dwarf anything dreamed up by the KGB, brought back to life by its opponents?

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