The fight against the surveillance state has only just begun

The truth is that Labour and Conservatives have colluded over subsequent governments to dramatically expand the extent of the surveillance state in Britain – writes Loz Kaye

We are often told that the British public at large does not really care about the issue of mass surveillance. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he does not “think that Snowden has had an enormous public impact”. Certainly, the United Kingdom has not seen huge public demos or the kind of intense pressure on our politicians that has been seen in the United States and in Germany.

Thursday, 13 February, 2014 (All day)

David Cameron takes snooping lessons from the telly

THE UK PRIME MINISTER reckons that watching telly has told him a lot of what he knows and thinks is right about government surveillance of mobile communications and internet data traffic.

Loz Kaye, the leader of the UK Pirate Party, was unimpressed with this, and suggested that there is an attention gap somewhere.

"Anyone who argues that we don't have the capability to target communications clearly hasn't been paying attention over the months of the Snowden revelations. What is going on is an attempt to justify the liberties that have been taken without a democratic mandate," he said.

Friday, 31 January, 2014 - 23:00

Don't Spy On Us: it's time to hold politicians to account for mass surveillance

UK digital rights organisations have teamed up to launch Don't Spy On Us, a protest against mass surveillance perpetrated by the NSA and GCHQ and a call for a public inquiry on the topic. It coincides with a similar initiative in the US titled The Day We Fight Back, which takes place today, 11 February 2014.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said: "We're often told that the British public at large doesn't really care about the issue of mass surveillance. But the Westminster crowd should not mistake their own inability or unwillingness to act for a wider apathy."

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 - 23:00

The Day We Fight Back - 11th February 2014

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For months now Snowden's revelations have shown the true shocking extent of massive state surveillance. Much of the anger has rightly focused on the United States and the NSA. But as Edward Snowden put it, the UK and GCHQ "has a big dog in this fight" too.

Amongst what we've found out is the mass and indiscriminate collection of email, phone calls, website visits, facebook posts and tweets.  The breaking into, tapping of and collaboration with large corporations such as Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

Where there are laws surrounding the collection of these data which would prohibit our security services from collecting them, the collection was deliberately handed off to a foreign power not covered by those laws.

The talks surrounding the delegation of powers to the UK's security services which were abandoned last year were a farce; it was merely an attempt to legalise what was already happening, not a real discussion on the reality of surveillance.

Surveillance: Cameron Can't Tell Fact From Fiction

Friday, 31 January, 2014 - 13:15

David Cameron told a parliamentary committee that he plans, after the next election, to expand laws to allow the "politically contentious" surveillance of online activity. Essentially this will be another resurrection of the snooper's charter which has been killed twice, in the last two parliaments.

Despite the revelations of Snowden, and recent fears that some of GCHQ's operations may be illegal, Cameron said he has a "sense" that the British people do not care about this issue, and that the only opposition to the ongoing negation of privacy is media-driven.

Opinion: Social security without the surveillance

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This past year has been the one when it finally came out in the open that we’re all under surveillance - on the internet, on the phone - 24 hours a day.

It certainly wasn’t news to any who have had to rely at any time on means-tested, increasingly conditional benefits in order to pay their bills. Claimants have long had to report income, bank statements, family circumstances, rent - for just a start - to several authorities, in order to top up meagre wages or have any money at all to live on. This year, both Job Seekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance saw all the harsh conditions of the floundering Universal Credit policy brought in without the supposed salve the structure of UC is claimed to be.

Registration on Universal Jobmatch, the government website contracted out to Monster - is now mandatory. With its scam, zero-hour contract, and even sex work advertisements, this website would be a perfect joke if its Big Brother/Kafkaesque interface didn’t threaten real people’s lives with identity theft and other abuses of personal data daily. Then there’s the stress of being monitored in real time by Job Centre officials and bullied on to workfare placements which lead nowhere...I could go on.

ANTIPRISM : Fight Mass Surveillance

We are appalled to learn of the unprecedented surveillance of Internet users worldwide through PRISM and similar programmes. Blanket surveillance capabilities such as these, especially when implemented without citizens' scrutiny, seriously threaten the human rights to free speech and privacy and with them the foundations of our democracies.

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The expansion of our civil rights, and protection of our freedom is a primary motivation for PIRATES.

The threat posed by unlawful and excessive surveillance measures, imposed on us by governments both foreign and domestic, whether in response to terrorism or other threats is grave. There is an immediate need for action to redress the balance and restore our privacy.

'They can't brush this under carpet': Pirate Party leader demands end to Big Brother spying at Manchester rally

MM had the opportunity to catch up with leader of Pirate Party, Loz Kaye, following Sunday’s protest.

The exposure of mass surveillance and the UK’S role in it is just one of the forces behind Pirate Party’s presence at the Tory Party Conference.

Mr Kaye, now three years into his role as leader, said: “We are still a country with net curtains.

“This march was about highlighting mass surveillance and how with the Snooper’s Charter rejected, we have had a debate on false premises. It was a democratic choice that we didn’t really have."

Thursday, 3 October, 2013 - 01:00

UK Snoopers' Charter raises its ugly head again

AUTHORITARIAN POLITICIANS have gathered to pen a letter to the Times that says we must put up with blanket internet surveillance technology if we are to be saved from "terrorism".

UK Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye said that earlier rumours of the death of the so-called Snoopers' Charter had been exaggerated. He appealed to the politicians, adding that the Communications Bill should be rejected for very real reasons.

"After the Queen's speech I warned about the danger of a Snoopers' Charter reboot. Now politicians from Labour and the Conservatives want to do exactly that, and are calling for the return of the Communications Data Bill," he said

Friday, 14 June, 2013 (All day)