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[…] the intelligence agencies from political accountability and control…..it is probably the best opportunity we will have for many years to build public understanding and impose controls on surveillance technology.’ http://www.heise.de/tp/english/inhalt/te/8472/1.html (2 August ’00) In Europe: On July 5 2000 the European Parliament voted to set up a 36 member Temporary Committee on the Echelon […]

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[…] on privacy and civil liberties and finds that anti terrorism legislation adopted by many countries since Sept 11 threaten freedom and civil liberties, particularly by increased communications surveillance and search powers; weakening of data protection regimes; increased data sharing and a move towards increased profiling of individuals and national ID schemes. On the UK, […]

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Web Update

[…] the primary authors are David Banisar of EPIC and Simon Davies of PI. Privacy International http://www.privacy.org/pi/ UK-based human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance by governments and corporations. Campaigns to counter abuses of privacy by way of information technology such as telephone tapping, ID card systems, video surveillance, data matching, […]

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Hilda Murrell: a death in the private sector

[…] case of Hilda Murrell, which was that all security and intelligence arms of H.M.Government utilise private investigators or security companies for various types of covert operations, including surveillance, collecting specific information, and monitoring the activities of individuals and groups in the UK and abroad. During my membership with the IPI I also had contact […]

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The accountability of the intelligence and security services

[…] was treated as sufficient reason by the Convention organs to take no further action in two cases brought, ironically, by Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt, involving alleged surveillance and recording of personal details by MI5. In fact the Commission decision legitimised the holding of files on people who are undertaking normal democratic activities and […]

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Electronic Privacy and the Encryption Debate

[…] all telephone companies to make digital communications available to law enforcement officials in the same way that traditional voice transmissions are currently accessible, and to install increased surveillance capabilities into their networks. Despite the fact that Congress intended CALEA to preserve, not expand, the surveillance powers of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, […]

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Surf’s up! Internet sites of interest

[…] recruitment methods, liaison (covert and overt) and spycraft. Censorship/Civil liberties Electronic Frontier Foundation http://www.eff.org ‘Non profit civil liberties organisation. Censorship, civil liberties etc, legislation and regulation, privacy, surveillance, cryptography, Scientology and the Net; Communications Decency Act, journalism and media, computers and academic freedom. FTP address: ftp.eff.org path: /pub/EFF/* Civil Rights and Liberties address: ftp.spies.com […]

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Sources

[…] on LSD testing in Lobster 26. The same river twice John Hope had an interesting piece in Intelligence and National Security Vol. 9 No. 4 (1994), called ‘Surveillance or Collusion? Maxwell Knight, MI5 and the British Fascisti’. This bears a striking resemblance to the Knight sections of Hope’s piece in Lobster 22, ‘Fascism, the […]

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Malcolm Kennedy: complaint to Investigatory Powers Tribunal not upheld

[…] (issues 39, 41, 43, 45) have followed Malcolm Kennedy’s case. The human rights organisation Liberty took his complaint about interference with his communications and other forms of surveillance and harassment, to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. The IPT is the body set up under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to hear complaints […]

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Enduring Freedom

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[…] Todd and Bloch’s recurring themes are the anti-civil liberty implications of terrorist legislation, and the supreme failure of the UK and US intelligence forces amidst the ‘new surveillance culture’ of the modern world. This broader culture is formed from three compelling factors: what the authors call the ‘Washington consensus’ on economic organisation (whereby everything […]

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