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Government safeguards governing revised investigatory powers come into effect

The Conservative Government has commenced final provision in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 subject to the double-lock safeguard requiring judicial approval. Warrants permitting the use of the most intrusive investigatory powers will now require the approval of a Judge. This...
Posted On 03 Dec 2018
Thames House in London: the home of MI5 (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
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UK intelligence agency MI5 admits “unlawfully spying” on Privacy International

The UK’s domestic-facing intelligence agency MI5 – the Security Service – has admitted that it captured and read registered charity Privacy International’s private data as part of its Bulk Communications Data (BCD) and Bulk Personal Datasets (BPD)...
Posted On 25 Sep 2018
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Court of Appeal rules Government surveillance regime to be “effectively unlawful”

The Government is “breaking the law” by collecting the nation’s Internet activity and phone records and letting public bodies grant themselves access to these personal details with no suspicion of serious crime and no independent sign-off, meaning that significant parts of...
Posted On 31 Jan 2018
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Liberty launches crowdfunded legal challenge to “indiscriminate state spying powers”

Liberty is launching a landmark legal challenge to the “extreme mass surveillance powers” outlined in the Government’s new Investigatory Powers Act which allows the state to monitor everybody’s web history and e-mail, text and phone records and hack computers, phones...
Posted On 10 Jan 2017
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European Union Court of Justice backs challenge to Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act

According to civil liberties and Human Rights champion Liberty, the Government is breaking the law by indiscriminately collecting the nation’s Internet activity and phone records and letting hundreds of public bodies grant themselves access to these personal details with no...
Posted On 21 Dec 2016
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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
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
Between them, internal auditors and chief privacy officers hold the key to seeing through the adoption of better, smarter and faster prevention of data breaches
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Employees: “Your most valuable asset or your greatest threat?”

Today, business leaders are struggling to effectively safeguard their data assets. Technologies for individuals, businesses and Governments are developing at an unprecedented rate. With new technology comes greater types and quantities of data, and with greater quantities of data...
Posted On 01 Oct 2015
Shami Chakrabarti: director of Liberty
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Liberty and Big Brother Watch back calls for overhaul of State surveillance laws

Civil liberties and Human Rights campaigning organisations Liberty and Big Brother Watch have jointly welcomed the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation’s call for a fundamental overhaul of the laws governing State surveillance outlined in the Investigatory Powers Review....
Posted On 11 Jun 2015
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Investigatory Powers Review highlights law that’s “fragmented, obscure and under constant challenge”

This morning in Parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron published the much-anticipated report of the Investigatory Powers Review. Entitled ‘A Question of Trust’, the document was submitted by David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation and a debate...
Posted On 11 Jun 2015
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