Open Rights Group has revised and republished a report taking into account the information from the ISC, Anderson and RUSI review. The report is divided in two sections; a technical review of the evidence (part one) and an analysis of the policy and legal considerations (part two). Because of its length, the report was published as an ebook.
The Guardian reports that Apple has submitted a formal statement to the bill committee working on a new complex and controversial surveillance law in the U.K. The submission was just released, and Apple is staying on course when it comes to privacy, saying that government backdoors could be used by anyone and weaken the security of hundreds of millions of devices.
Civil rights campaign organisation, the Open Rights Group, is running a crowdfunding campaign to try to raise £20,000 to fund a challenge to the U.K. government’s own massive PR machine which is in the midst of driving the draft Investigatory Powers bill through Parliament and onto the statute books this year.
The draft IP bill, presented to parliamentary in November — and now being interrogated by a joint select committee of MPs and Peers, due to report next month — is the U.K. government’s attempt to update and crystalize the law on surveillance powers in the post-Snowden era.
Open Rights Group explains that the Investigatory Powers Bill would force ISPs to create and retain even more data about their customers. Moreover, the terms of the Bill mean that ISPs would be prevented from discussing orders they receive the Home Secretary. At the same time, the police and other government departments would use a “filter” that would analyse data to identify what may be of interest.
Access Now has intervened in a case before the European Court of Human Rights, detailing how the surveillance conducted by the British intelligence agency GCHQ violates international human rights law and policy.
A comprehensive study of Brits’ usage of and attitudes to digital media, conducted annually by telecoms watchdog Ofcom, suggests there is growing concern among web and app users about the privacy of their personal data.