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Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by report on fake news | Technology | The Guardian
Labour moved quickly to endorse the committee’s findings, with the party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, announcing: “Labour agrees with the committee’s ultimate conclusion – the era of self-regulation for tech companies must end immediately.

“We need new independent regulation with a tough powers and sanctions regime to curb the worst excesses of surveillance capitalism and the forces trying to use technology to subvert our democracy.”
facebook  privacy  democracy  surveillancecapitalism  tomwatson  labour  parliamentary  uk  report  indie  radar 
february 2019 by laurakalbag
Press release: Campaigners win vital battle against UK mass surveillance at European Court of Human Rights | Privacy International
Caroline Wilson Palow, General Counsel at Privacy International, said:

“Today’s judgment rightly criticises the UK’s bulk interception regime for giving far too much leeway to the intelligence agencies to choose who to spy on and when. It confirms that just because it is technically feasible to intercept all of our personal communications, it does not mean that it is lawful to do so.

The judgment also rightly recognises that collecting communications data - the who, what, and where of our communications - is as intrusive as collecting the content. This is a significant and important enhancement of our privacy protections.”
privacyinternational  privacyint  bulk  interception  privacy  uk  governmentsurveillance  indie  radar 
september 2018 by laurakalbag
The "dark ads" election: How are political parties targeting you on Facebook? — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Facebook can provide data on different users’ ethnicities and occupations and what issues they care about, allowing campaign teams to target specific voters with specific messages. That means that unlike billboards or newspaper ads which everyone sees, the world of targeted advertising is extremely hard to track.
dark  ads  targeting  politics  uk  election  facebook 
may 2017 by laurakalbag
UK government says it will NOT try to ban encryption - Business Insider
“We accept and completely recognise the importance of encryption”
uk  government  encryption  uturn  roundup  17jul15 
july 2015 by laurakalbag
Police forces say BBC FOI request is 'vexatious'
“It appears the police have adopted a virtually blanket policy of now rejecting all FOI requests about the use of their surveillance powers to collect communications data on journalists - irrespective of the questions actually asked or how often, if at all, that requester has raised the issue before.” By Martin Rosenbaum on BBC News
police  freedomofinformation  foirequests  surveillance  uk  data  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
The future of in current discussion
“Instead of protecting the body, which in my opinion has over the last two years achieved external scrutiny of and ensuring promises made were kept, the independent assurance committee, the IAG, is to be scrapped.” By Jen Persson  data  government  uk  nhs  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
UK surveillance laws need total overhaul, says landmark report
“In the single most important revelation, the report reveals for the first time that the agencies have had the capability to trawl through personal records and form and examine “bulk personal datasets” without any statutory oversight.” By Patrick Wintour and Rowena Mason on The Guardian
gchq  snowden  indie  indieroundup  13mar15  privacy  security  tracking  surveillance  government  uk 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Report Says UK Citizens Must Give Up Right To Privacy Because 'Terrorism', Reveals Huge Secret Government Databases | Techdirt
“Some things might happen that could have been prevented if you took all of the most oppressive, restrictive and privacy-infringing measures. That is the price you pay to live in a free society.” Quote by Isabella Sankey. Article by Glyn Moody on TechDirt.
indie  indieroundup  13mar15  privacy  security  surveillance  government  uk  gchq  snowden  terrorism  humanrights 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Britain is leading the charge against basic human rights, Amnesty claims
“Increased surveillance in Britain, along with the reduction of access to justice, have contributed to one of the worst assaults on human rights in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to a damning assessment by Amnesty International.”
indie  indieroundup  notincluded  humanrights  surveillance  law  uk  eu  europe 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Disability facts and figures
A summary of the main statistics on disability in Great Britain.
UK  statistics  stats  a11y  accessibility  disability 
january 2015 by laurakalbag

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