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First Report of UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy Condemns UK Investigatory Powers Bill

Date: 
8 March 2016

In his first report to the UN Human Rights Council (the main UN human rights political body composed of 47 states from around the world), the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy has offered a scathing critique on the UK Investigatory Powers Bill. In particular the Rapporteur noted how bulk surveillance powers, including bulk hacking, are disproportionate and violate the right to privacy as established by human rights courts.

Privacy International, together with Human Rights Watch, submits a briefing to US court, arguing that Apple is right to refuse the FBI's demands to weaken iPhone security

Date: 
4 March 2016

Privacy International and Human Rights Watch have submitted a briefing to a US court, arguing that compelling Apple to build new software for the FBI will be a dangerous game changer in the security of the technology we rely on every day. If the FBI wins its case against Apple, it will open the floodgates for governments across the world to make similar demands.

Investigatory Powers Bill published: Minimal changes are not even cosmetic

Date: 
1 March 2016

The UK Government has today published the Investigatory Powers Bill which it expects Parliament to pass this year. Three Parliamentary reports reviewed the previous draft and called for clarity, consistency, and coherence. Those recommendations have instead been met with changes that could not even be considered cosmetic, and which mock the parliamentary process. The Government's claim to have redrafted the Bill in-line with privacy protections has amounted to changing the title of Part 1 from "General Protections" in the draft, to "General Privacy Protections" in the published version.

New Privacy International report exposes role of European companies selling surveillance technologies to secret Egyptian Government unit

Date: 
23 February 2016

Privacy International today publishes a new investigation, based on exclusive documents, exposing the sale of European surveillance technologies to a secret unit of Egypt's intelligence infrastructure.

Press statement: We will continue to challenge GCHQ's hacking powers

Date: 
12 February 2016

In response to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruling today that GCHQ's hacking is lawful, we have issued the following press statement:

"We are disappointed by the IPT’s judgment today, which has found Government hacking lawful based on a broad interpretation of a law dating back to 1994, when the internet and mobile phone technology were in their infancy.

The Home Office receives another failing grade on surveillance proposals: come back to us when your thoughts are clear

Date: 
11 February 2016

Today’s report by the Joint Committee on the Investigatory Powers Bill is the third committee report that concludes that the Home Office has failed to provide a coherent surveillance framework.

The Joint Committee on the Investigatory Powers Bill today published a 198 page report following a short consultation period between November and January. Their key findings are that:

    - the definitions in the bill need much work, including a meaningful and comprehensible definition of 'data' itself

Press statement: Parliamentary committee savages the Investigatory Powers Bill

Date: 
9 February 2016

“Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has today slammed the Government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill for its lack of transparency, lack of clarity and lack of privacy protections. We urge the Home Office to take on board the wide ranging criticisms that the tech sector, civil society, and now even the Parliamentary committee that oversees the surveillance capabilities of the intelligence agencies, have made of their proposals. The ISC's report is clear on the requirement of a root and branch reconsideration of the legislation, pushing privacy to the forefront.

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