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PRESS RELEASE: Privacy International and five internet and communications providers challenge British Government's bulk hacking abroad before the European Court of Human Rights

5 August 2016

Today, Privacy International, together with five internet and communications providers from around the world, have lodged an application before the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the British Government's use of bulk hacking abroad. Until we brought our original case at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) in 2014, the Government had never admitted that it engaged in hacking. Now we are learning for the first time how far-reaching the Government's global hacking capabilities are.

Press Release: New initiative from Privacy International tracks the global surveillance industry

2 August 2016
  • New report entitled Global Surveillance Industry maps out growth and scale of global surveillance industry
  • Privacy International, in collaboration with Transparency Toolkit, launches searchable database featuring over 1500 brochures and data on over 520 surveillance companies as well as over 600 reported individual exports of specific surveillance technologies taken from open source records, including investigative and technical reports, as well as government export licensing data

Press Release: Judges of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal visited MI5 in 2007 for a secret briefing

28 July 2016

For immediate release

* Judges of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal visited MI5 in 2007 for a secret briefing. None of the judges hearing the case this week attended the briefing.

* At the briefing, MI5 persuaded the judges that MI5 did not usually have to disclose its data holdings in “Bulk Personal Datasets” to the Tribunal. These are highly intrusive datasets that have details of a vast number of people's location, internet use, financial information and telephone records.

Privacy International releases new tranche of previously secret documents shedding further light on Government mass surveillance

26 July 2016

Previously secret official documents, containing new revelations about the Government's mass surveillance regime, have today been disclosed as a result of litigation brought by Privacy International against the Intelligence Agencies (MI5, MI6, GCHQ). These documents shed further light on the secretive bulk data collection regime operating under section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 and the Bulk Personal Data-set regime. 

Press Statement: Privacy International's Initial Thoughts on the Advocate General's Opinion on Data Retention

19 July 2016

Privacy International General Counsel Caroline Wilson Palow said:

"Today's opinion issued by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is a serious blow to the UK's Investigatory Powers Bill (IPBill). It, hopefully, presages a strong judgment from the Court itself.

Press release: New Twitter Bot ‘reveals’ the internet browsing history of politicians

14 July 2016

A new Twitter Bot, launched today by the global privacy rights organisation Privacy International, ‘reveals’ the internet browsing history of leading politicians, as well as details of their telephone, text message, WhatsApp, and even Snapchat communications. @GCHQbot has been launched to raise the profile of the sensitivity of our internet browsing history and communications data, on the day that the Investigatory Powers Bill begins its Committee Stage in the House of Lords.

The Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO) new report questions lawfulness of the use of secret Section 94 powers for mass surveillance

7 July 2016

Today Sir Stanley Burnton, the Interception of Communications Commissioner, published a highly critical review of the use of Section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 for gathering vast amounts of our communications data in bulk. This obscure clause pre-dates the internet era, but has been used for nearly two decades for mass surveillance. Today is the first time that these powers have been criticised by an independent statutory body.