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  • News | Page 5 | Privacy International
    Office receives another failing grade on surveillance proposals come back to us when your thoughts are clear Date 11 February 2016 Today s report by the Joint Committee on the Investigatory Powers Bill is the third committee report that c oncludes that the Home Office has failed to provide a coherent surveillance framework The Joint Committee on the Investigatory Powers Bill today published a 198 page report following a short consultation period between November and January Their key findings are that the definitions in the bill need much work including a meaningful and comprehensible definition of data itself Read more about The Home Office receives another failing grade on surveillance proposals come back to us when your thoughts are clear Destroying Democracy Under the Cloak of Defending It Date 10 February 2016 The problems with thematic warrants and why they should be removed from the UK Government s Investigatory Powers Bill Read more about Destroying Democracy Under the Cloak of Defending It Press statement Parliamentary committee savages the Investigatory Powers Bill Date 9 February 2016 Parliament s Intelligence and Security Committee ISC has today slammed the Government s draft Investigatory Powers Bill for its lack of transparency lack of clarity and lack of privacy protections We urge the Home Office to take on board the wide ranging criticisms that the tech sector civil society and now even the Parliamentary committee that oversees the surveillance capabilities of the intelligence agencies have made of their proposals The ISC s report is clear on the requirement of a root and branch reconsideration of the legislation pushing privacy to the forefront Read more about Press statement Parliamentary committee savages the Investigatory Powers Bill How not to do data driven due diligence Date 8 February 2016 How not to do data driven due diligence A

    Original URL path: https://privacyinternational.org/news?page=4 (2016-04-27)
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  • News | Page 6 | Privacy International
    s own aims cannot be counterproductive and erode the security found in rights like privacy and freedom of expression that are vital to a democratic system Read more about Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill Security without Oversight in Pakistan Submission To Science and Technology Committee Call For Evidence on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Date 2 December 2015 Read more about Submission To Science and Technology Committee Call For Evidence on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Court documents reveal oversight body struggling to control GCHQ domestic hacking Date 1 December 2015 Documents released today confirm GCHQ the UK intelligence agency is hacking computers in the United Kingdom without individual warrants The documents contain previously unknown details and defenses of GCHQ s use of thematic warrants to hack Read more about Court documents reveal oversight body struggling to control GCHQ domestic hacking Civil society organisations remain seriously concerned by Pakistan s Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill Date 30 November 2015 A joint statement from international and domestic civil society organisations expresses continued serious concerns regarding the passage of Pakistan s Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill Read more about Civil society organisations remain seriously concerned by Pakistan s Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill Will They Hack Us Will They Betray Us Date 24 November 2015 The relationship between users and companies is based primarily on trust However many recent developments have the potential to undermine this trust and to question companies loyalties to their users From excessive data collection and transmission to the failure to guard against basic security risks one could be forgiven for thinking that the privacy and security interests of users and devices have taken a back seat Read more about Will They Hack Us Will They Betray Us International appeal to the Moroccan authorities to drop charges against

    Original URL path: https://privacyinternational.org/news?page=5 (2016-04-27)
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  • News | Page 7 | Privacy International
    November 2015 Despite Wednesday s publication of the Investigatory Powers Bill being trailed as world leading legislation that would balance security and privacy what the Government is actually seeking is a mandate for mass surveillance This is a new Snoopers Charter and we must oppose many of its most virulent elements Read more about Make no mistake this is a new Snooper s Charter and it s worse than ever Snooper s Charter Are we about to enter a world of suspicionless surveillance regulated by politicians Date 6 November 2015 With powers to snoop on our communications that are unprecedented anywhere in the world it is essential the Investigatory Powers Bill doesn t let politicians decide who is spied on Read more about Snooper s Charter Are we about to enter a world of suspicionless surveillance regulated by politicians The Future of Biometric Surveillance in Brazil Date 6 November 2015 This piece has been written by a guest author It does not necessarily represent the views of Privacy International We publish the work of guest authors to broaden the debate around privacy issues around the globe Read more about The Future of Biometric Surveillance in Brazil Press Statement Today the Debate Can Begin The Investigatory Powers Bill Date 4 November 2015 The true debate on surveillance can begin today After years of downplaying obscuring and denying the Snowden revelations the Government has finally entered the conversation For the first time Parliament and the British public will be able to debate mass surveillance powers like bulk interception bulk hacking and the data mining of bulk personal datasets Read more about Press Statement Today the Debate Can Begin The Investigatory Powers Bill We ve come a long long way together building coalitions around the right to privacy Date 29 October 2015 Photo

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  • News | Page 8 | Privacy International
    30 September 2015 Today Privacy International together with other international human rights organisations call on the French parliament PDF to reject a bill on international surveillance which as it is currently worded fails to protect and respect the right to privacy of individuals worldwide Read more about France seeks new international mass surveillance powers Human Rights Watch legal challenge to NSA GCHQ intelligence sharing Date 14 September 2015 Human Rights Watch and three individuals have today lodged a legal challenge to establish whether their communications were part of those unlawfully shared between the US National Security Agency NSA and UK Government Communications Headquarters GCHQ Read more about Human Rights Watch legal challenge to NSA GCHQ intelligence sharing The pincer movement against encryption Date 4 September 2015 While two of the Vice journalists who were recently arrested in Turkey and charged with terror offenses have now been released this remain a deeply concerning incident It is the latest episode in what is a pincer movement against our right to protect our data Read more about The pincer movement against encryption New investigation reveals Colombia s spy equipment suppliers Date 2 September 2015 Over a dozen international companies are supplying powerful communications surveillance technology in Colombia according to a Privacy International investigation released today featuring original documentation Over the past few decades companies primarily from Israel the US and the UK have worked with Colombian partners to expand the Government s surveillance capacities This is despite evidence that the Government is undertaking unlawful surveillance of Colombians Read more about New investigation reveals Colombia s spy equipment suppliers Companies from the UK the US and Israel provided mass surveillance capabilities to Colombian security services Date 2 September 2015 Privacy International s new report exposes the companies that have built the Colombian Government s

    Original URL path: https://privacyinternational.org/news?page=7 (2016-04-27)
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  • News | Page 9 | Privacy International
    Karachi among others and used 55 million phone records harvested from Pakistani telecommunications providers for an analysis exercise Read more about Pakistan Intelligence agency sought to tap all communications traffic documents reveal GCHQ oversight has technical blind spots does not check the code says RUSI report Date 14 July 2015 A new report released today by the Royal United Services Institute RUSI highlights key technical blind spots in current GCHQ oversight and calls for a new comprehensive and clear legal framework governing British intelligence agencies surveillance capability Read more about GCHQ oversight has technical blind spots does not check the code says RUSI report Facing the Truth Hacking Team leak confirms Moroccan government use of spyware Date 10 July 2015 On July 6th the company Hacking Team was hacked over 400GB of administrative documents source code and emails are now available for download Read more about Facing the Truth Hacking Team leak confirms Moroccan government use of spyware Eight things we know so far from the Hacking Team hack Date 9 July 2015 Here are eight things we have learned from this week s hack of some 400GB of internal company material and correspondence from Italian surveillance company Hacking Team If you don t know who Hacking Team are have a look at our briefing Read more about Eight things we know so far from the Hacking Team hack Surveillance company Hacking Team exposed Date 6 July 2015 A 400 gigabyte trove of internal documents belonging to surveillance company Hacking Team has been released online Hacking team sells intrusive hacking tools that have allegedly been used by some of the most repressive regimes in the world Read more about Surveillance company Hacking Team exposed Non governmental organisations welcome the appointment of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy

    Original URL path: https://privacyinternational.org/news?page=8 (2016-04-27)
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  • News | Page 52 | Privacy International
    and 300 million per year is now spent on a system that involves an estimated 200 000 cameras According to the British Security Industry Association more than three quarters of these systems have been professionally installed Most towns and cities are moving to CCTV surveillance of public areas housing estates car parks and public facilities Growth in the market is estimated at 15 to 20 annually Read more about Privacy International statement on CCTV surveillance in the UK French wiretapping scandal leads to electoral defeat Date 3 August 1996 The French Socialist Party suffered a resounding defeat in parlimentary elections on March 21st and 28th in part due to a wiretapping scandal that broke a week before the elections Results showed that they lost over 200 seats in the Parliment and became the minority party Socialist President Francois Mitterrand will remain in office but is expected to face a tough election in 1994 Read more about French wiretapping scandal leads to electoral defeat Some personal views from around the world on ID cards Date 21 July 1996 In 1994 in an attempt to discover the problems caused by ID cards Privacy International compiled a survey containing reports from correspondents in

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  • UK Investigatory Powers Bill will require tech companies to notify the Government of new products and services in advance of their launch | Privacy International
    decrypted content But decryption is not the only issue The Code has a detailed list of what will be required of those who have Technical Capability Notices imposed on them The list is long but should be given careful consideration as it reveals the breadth of power the Government wants to have over telecommunications operators such as clauses 8 27 8 30 of the Code of Practice which require the government s prior seal of approval on new products and services 2 Who does this apply to Obligations can be imposed on any telecommunications operator This is defined at Clause 223 10 as someone who provides a telecommunications service in Clause 223 11 as a service that consists in the provision of access to and of facilities for making use of any telecommunication system A telecommunication service is defined at Clause 223 13 as a system that exists for the purpose of facilitating the transmission of communications by any means involving the use of electrical or electromagnetic energy To confuse matters the Draft Code of Practice refers to Communication Service Providers which is not defined in the Bill Small companies with under 10 000 users are not exempt although they will not be obligated to provide a permanent interception capability Clause 8 1 in the Code of Practice If a company doesn t comply clause 8 17 of the Code clarifies that the Government can sue that company And don t forget the company can t tell anyone that this is happening 8 18 8 19 8 20 No independent oversight There is no independent judicial oversight or authorisation nor a process for effective independent review of technical capability notices and their requirements Review of technical capability notices are at the Secretary of State s discretion 8 21 8 25

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  • Crypto Wars 2.0: Fear, Failure, and Feinstein | Privacy International
    the backdoor France recently amended laws to increase fines against companies to refuse to decrypt to 15 000 euros and 5 years in jail even though the previous power has never been used before Worryingly sometimes they win in clear terms Already UK law requires an individual to hand over encryption keys upon demand New UK legislation being rushed through Parliament now allows the government to force decryption despite concerns about the lack of clarity in the Bill raised by host of legal experts opposition parties and industry In joint submissions to Parliamentary committees reviewing the UK s Investigatory Powers Bill Apple Inc Facebook Inc Google Inc Microsoft Corp Twitter Inc and Yahoo Inc specifically stated that Clarity on encryption is still required and The Bill provides for the power to issue technical capability notices requiring among other things the removal of electronic protection where reasonably practicable The companies want an explicit threshold where a service is encrypted end to end the Bill should recognise it will not be reasonably practicable to provide decrypted content The power is at Clause 217 of the UK Bill but this is not an exhaustive list so further obligations related to encryption could be imposed and as with the US Bill such technical assistance as is necessary to obtain data The Draft Code of Practice on Interception of Communications that was published with the UK Bill expands on the power at Clause 217 Similar to the US Bill it refers to ensuring that the content of communications can be provided to Intelligence Agencies in intelligible form Where the UK excels at being weak Judicial oversight The key difference between the two legal regimes is the reference in the UK to Court Order What we lack in the UK Investigatory Powers Bill is independent judicial

    Original URL path: https://privacyinternational.org/node/825 (2016-04-27)
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