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BBC
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20-Apr-2012
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Mark Ward
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The comments were made during a debate on the plans held at the London School of Economics on Thursday.

The Scrambling for Safety conference brought together academics, politicians, computer security experts and the public to debate the current proposals.

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Al Jazeera
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13-Apr-2012
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Trevor Timm
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Cameron said his proposal was meant "to keep our country safe from serious and organised crime and also from terrorist threats that… that we still face in this country". But as Privacy International explained: "In a terrorism investigation, the police will already have access to all the data they could want. This is about other investigations." The information gathered in this new programme would be available to local law enforcement for use in any investigation and would be available without any judicial oversight.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 13:00 to 17:00
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Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, London School of Economics

The ninth Scrambling for Safety conference has been created with the aim of bringing together a variety of stakeholders interested in surveillance policy for an open exchange of views on the Home Office's new Communications Capabilities Development Programme.

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Emma Draper emma@privacy.org

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Gus was interviewed by ex-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and ex-MP David Mellor on their Saturday morning programme on LBC Radio. It was particularly interesting to hear Ms Smith's take on the Home Office's "new" Communications Capabilities Development Programme, given that it bears such a startling resemblance to the Interception Modernisation Programme she herself proposed in 2009. Listen to the interview below.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 17:30 to 20:00
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20-22 Sandland Street, London, WC1R 4PZ

The PI team will be at the Old Nick in Holborn from 5:30pm onwards to talk about #CCDP and other key issues. The format is a open and we're hoping for a group discussion to tackle this policy. All are welcome!

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Eric King - 07986 860013

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In the media
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The Telegraph
Publication date: 
08-Apr-2012
Author(s): 
Jason Lewis and Dave Barrett
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Last night Gus Hosein, of Privacy International, said: "We don't want deep packet inspection 'black boxes' to be installed because it opens the door to all kinds of intrusion into private communications.

"The Government are kidding themselves if they think as soon as they have the black boxes they'll be able to check everyone's VOIP calls, and so on, because everything is encrypted.

"Unless GCHQ have a bit of magic we don't know about it would take an impossible amount of computational power to break all that encryption."

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Financial Times
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07-Apr-2012
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Helen Warrell
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Eric King, head of research at Privacy International, the campaign group, believes there are few precedents for what the coalition proposes, stating that it would necessitate the use of “deep packet inspection technology”. Some broadband providers deploy this technology to track the browsing habits of their own consumers, but not normally at the state’s behest.

“It’s honestly bizarre when you look at it because there are very, very few countries that do this,” Mr King said. “China does it but in limited circumstances and only in some regions. The only countries which use this regularly are Iran and Kazakhstan.”
 

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This week we've seen the British public rally against the government's invasive CCDP mass surveillance proposal. A number of petitions have been created - the ones of which I'm aware are below, but if I've missed any please do let me know in the comments. 

[number of signatures as of 7:30pm on Thursday 5th April]

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04-Apr-2012
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Gus Hosein, executive director of civil rights watchdog Privacy International, welcomed the opportunity for a pause to examine the proposed legislature.

He said: 'What’s important and essential is that we continue to have these discussions. I would never argue that these aren’t important powers for a government to have, but these are modern policy problems that need sophisticated public debate.'

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Slate
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04-Apr-2012
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Ryan Gallagher
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“CCDP changes everything,” Gus Hosein of Privacy International told Slate. “It compels telephone companies and ISPs to collect information that they never would have collected, and then makes them retain it. This will be the first time that there’s a law actively requiring an organization to collect information on innocent people just in case it may be of relevance in the future.”

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