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Conservative Government’s “landmark” Investigatory Powers Bill receives Royal Assent

A “landmark” document produced by the Conservative Government which sets out and governs the powers available to the police and the security and intelligence agencies when it comes to gathering and accessing electronic communications has received Royal Assent. The Investigatory...
Posted On 08 Dec 2016
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David Anderson QC publishes findings of review into operational case for bulk powers listed in Investigatory Powers Bill

David Anderson QC – the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation – has now published the findings of his extensive review into the operational case for the bulk powers contained in the Investigatory Powers Bill. Supported by an expert team of his own choosing, Anderson has...
Posted On 23 Aug 2016
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Advocate General: “Lack of safeguards in Government surveillance law breaches people’s fundamental rights”

Powers allowing the police service and public bodies alike to grant themselves access to people’s communications data with no external oversight of that process or the need for suspicion of serious criminality in order to do so breach Human Rights law. That’s the conclusion...
Posted On 26 Jul 2016
Christopher Graham
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Information Commissioner’s Office publishes 2015-2016 Annual Report in wake of Brexit vote

In Christopher Graham’s last Annual Report as Information Commissioner, he describes a year of ‘real achievement’ as he looks back over the last 12 months. The Commissioner, who steps down today after seven years in post, explained: “We have delivered on our objectives,...
Posted On 28 Jun 2016
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90% of Brits believe surveillance powers outlined in ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ are “not acceptable” finds ComRes poll

A new poll commissioned by Liberty and conducted by ComRes has revealed that nine out of ten of those British adults questioned believe state surveillance powers as proposed by the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill are not acceptable. 90% of the public either say...
Posted On 13 Jun 2016
John Hayes MP
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‘What is Real is Reasonable’

There are those set on destroying our values, radicalising our young people and killing indiscriminately across the globe. Out of such adversity, though, comes an opportunity for the Government to provide real leadership, and absolutely grasp the fact that our certainty must...
Posted On 19 May 2016
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New security-centric Home Office legislation features in Queen’s Speech to Parliament

Security-focused legislation drafted to provide stronger powers to disrupt extremists and tackle corruption, money laundering and tax evasion was announced today in the Queen’s Speech to Parliament. The Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill will be introduced to ‘prevent...
Posted On 18 May 2016
Martha Spurrier: the new director of Liberty
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Martha Spurrier to succeed Shami Chakrabarti as director of Human Rights champion Liberty

Liberty has announced the appointment of its new director, namely campaigner and barrister Martha Spurrier, who succeeds Shami Chakrabarti in the role. Spurrier joins Liberty with an exceptional track record in defending people’s rights, raising awareness of threats to...
Posted On 13 Apr 2016
Shami Chakrabarti: leaving Liberty after 12 years with the Human Rights group
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Search for new Liberty director begins as Shami Chakrabarti prepares to leave Human Rights group

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Human Rights group Liberty, has announced that she’s soon to depart after 12 years with the organisation. Chakrabarti first joined Liberty as in-house counsel on the day before the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, and was appointed director...
Posted On 19 Jan 2016
Peter Webster
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Security: The Talking Points of 2015

What were the main subjects that security professionals discussed in 2015, and will they continue to have a bearing on security and risk management as we begin the New Year? Peter Webster focuses on cyber security, terrorism, the political agenda and the topic of security...
Posted On 15 Jan 2016
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