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The Orwellian Re-Branding of "Mass Surveillance" as Merely "Bulk Collection"
“Just as the Bush administration and the U.S. media re-labelled “torture” with the Orwellian euphemism “enhanced interrogation techniques” to make it more palatable, the governments and media of the Five Eyes surveillance alliance are now attempting to re-brand “mass surveillance” as “bulk collection” in order to make it less menacing (and less illegal).” By Glenn Greenwald on The Intercept
government  privacy  surveillance  security  gchq  tracking  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
The Guardian view on surveillance: parliament’s slumbering scrutineer | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
“Better late than never might have been a suitable verdict on Thursday’s ISC report if it had faced the facts and stopped there; but it also proposed some fixes. Yes, as the parliamentarians say, it would be nice to have transparent, codified rules to govern snooping. But what they seem to have in mind is a transparent and codified licence for the agencies to keep on keeping on.” Editorial on The Guardian
government  gchq  policy  law  spying  tracking  surveillance  goverment  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
UK spies keep data on race, political views and more
“The report’s big surprise, though, was the first official disclosure of the existence of the agencies’ bulk personal datasets, described by the committee as “large databases containing personal information about a wide range of people”, and used to identify people, establish links, and analyse behaviour and connections. The more sensitive information in these datasets covers things like racial or ethnic origin, religion, political views, medical conditions, sexual orientation and so on.” By David Meyer on TechEU
eu  technology  policy  government  surveillance  gchq  nsa  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
Does GCHQ really only use ‘a fraction’ of its data?
“Perhaps the explanation for the discrepancy is that a small number of bearers could in fact be carrying the majority of the UK’s internet traffic. There seems to be some semantic shenanigans over the definitions of “blanket” and “bulk”.” By Geoff White on Channel 4 News
gchq  government  surveillance  tracking  privacy  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
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
Operation Socialist: The Inside Story of How British Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco
“It was in the summer of 2012 that the anomalies were initially detected by employees at Belgium’s largest telecommunications provider, Belgacom. But it wasn’t until a year later, in June 2013, that the company’s security experts were able to figure out what was going on. The computer systems of Belgacom had been infected with a highly sophisticated malware, and it was disguising itself as legitimate Microsoft software while quietly stealing data.”
gchq  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  hacking  spying  surveillance  telco  cookies  corporatesurveillance 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Thousands Join Legal Fight Against UK Surveillance — And You Can, Too
Details about the unprecedented legal campaign against the United Kingdom’s leading electronic surveillance agency. By Ryan Gallagher on The Intercept
legal  surveillance  government  gchq  privacy  indie  indieroundup  20feb2015 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Did GCHQ illegally spy on you?
Because of Privacy International's recent victory against the UK intelligence agency in court, now anyone in the world can find out if GCHQ illegally received information about you from the NSA. Enter your details and sign the petition to join the case.
privacy  privacyinternational  gchq  intelligence  spying  government  surveillance  indie  indieroundup  20feb2015 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
GCHQ spying on British citizens was unlawful, secret court rules in shock decision
GCHQ unlawfully spied on British citizens, a secretive UK court has ruled. The decision could mean GCHQ will be forced to delete the information it acquired from people that were spied on. By Andrew Griffin in The Independent.
gchq  surveillance  government  tracking  internet  indie  indieroundup  13feb2014 
february 2015 by laurakalbag

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