Webinar: Protect Against the Snoopers’ Charter

15 April 2017 — SumOfUs

We’re holding a webinar on how to stay secure online.

Join us live to learn how to keep your personal data safe.

Under the guise of counter-terrorism, the British government last year introduced the Investigatory Powers Act (aka the Snoopers Charter) — granting itself the most far-reaching surveillance powers of any modern democratic government.

With the ability to indiscriminately record and monitor the internet use of the entire population, the bill also requires private Internet Service Providers to store our data for up to a year.

Join me live at 11am on Thursday April 27th, where I will be joined by Senior Developer Omar Sahyoun for a webinar on what we can do to protect ourselves from these measures, and keep our data safe and secure online.

Register for our webinar on staying secure online, 11am Thursday 27th April.

See you there!

Hanna,
Campaign Director

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More information:

What is the Investigatory Powers Bill and what does it mean for my privacy?, The Telegraph, 29 November 2016
How can I protect myself from government snoopers?, The Guardian, 24 November 2016

The European Parliament has just dealt a major blow to the Link Tax

9 March 2017 — SumOfUs

A closely-watched report on the proposed laws from key MEP Therese Comodini Cachia recommends that the controversial “Link Tax” proposal be removed from the legislation.1 This is a huge step forward!

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Open Borders? No, open your media, or else

24 February 2017 — Open Media

Can you imagine doing this at the airport? You take off your shoes, put your liquids in the x-ray tray… and then hand over your unlocked phone to a border agent for them to look through?

In the U.S., a disturbing proposal is on the table: Key U.S. politicians want to force every single traveller crossing the border to hand over their digital devices, unlock them, and provide their social media passwords.1

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Statewatch News Online, 16 February 2017 (03/17)

16 February 2017 — Statewatch 

Press release

EU border agency targeted “isolated or mistreated” individuals for questioning

Guidelines produced for border guards participating in an EU joint operation instruct the targeting of “migrants from minority ethnic groups, and individuals who may have been isolated or mistreated during their journey, as such people are often more willing to talk about their experiences.” [1]
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UK govt wants to jail whistleblowers, journalists under proposed new laws!

14 February 2017 — 38 Degrees

The Government’s legal advisers have revealed plans to lock up people who expose things like human rights abuses. They could face prison sentences of up to 14 years. Under these terrifying new laws, even journalists could face charges just because they were sent certain information. [1]

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Statewatch News Online, 5 January 2017 (01/17)

5 January 2016 — http://www.statewatch.org/

e-mail: office@statewatch.org
You can also access as a pdf  file here: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2017/jan/email-5-1-17.pdf

ANALYSES, BRIEFING & VIEWPOINT:
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses.htm

1.  Eurodac: Member States want wider police access to biometric database despite most never use it
2.  The EU’s military mission against Mediterranean migration: what “deterrent effect”? :
3.  Viewpoint: Migration, EU Cooperation and Authoritarianism
4.  The visible hand: the European Union’s Security Industrial Policy 
5.  A missed opportunity to open up secret trilogue decision-making in the EU

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Snoopers Charter is Breaking the Law

21 December 2016 — Liberty

The Government IS breaking the law by indiscriminately collecting the nation’s internet activity and phone records – meaning significant parts of its new Snoopers’ Charter are effectively unlawful.

When Liberty, representing Tom Watson MP, launched a legal challenge two years ago, it was because we believed the Government’s surveillance practices were breaching our human rights.

Today, the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) agreed with us: the Government is breaking the law. Continue reading this...

Book: ‘Officious – the rise of the busybody state

9 December 2016

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Officious – Rise of the Busybody State starts with people’s everyday encounter with busybodies in public spaces – then analyses the logic of the busybody state, explains its origins, and calls for a popular alliance defending the free realm of civil society.

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A Note on the Taboo Subject of Stolen Elections

23 November 2016 — SevenStories Press

Dear friends,

Back in the spring of 2016, an intrepid ACLU voting rights expert in California named Lori Shellenberger was able to help inform state legislators of the dangers of a new computer program against voter fraud called Interstate Crosscheck. The program claimed to identify people who were voting in more than one state. What it really did was remove hundreds of thousands of mostly minority voters from the rolls. Shellenberger was able to expose it for what it was, and California did not become one of the participating states.

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The Snoopers Charter passes into law

17 November 2016 — Liberty

And it’s a sad day for what was left of our democracy. The new Act is overtly incompatible with human rights law and Liberty say they will take the government to court, hopefully before the government pulls us out of European Human Rights legislation.

No to Snoopers Charter

CPNS – THE CRIME OF CRYING IN YOUR OWN HOME

15 November 2016 — Manifesto Club

Community Protection Notices ban crying in your own home; bans on busking and charity collection; victory for the Forest of Dean sheep commoners; and more…

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Tell your MEP to stand up and say no to Censorship Machines and the Link Tax

11 November 2016 — OpenMedia

For the last year we’ve worked together to ensure that the huge new copyright law in the EU doesn’t crush our free expression online. But when the proposal finally came out last month, it confirmed our worst fears: The Link Tax is still alive.[1]

Act now

The European Commission came up with some of the worst copyright rules in the world. On top of plans to charge fees for links with snippets of text, they added new requirements for websites to monitor and censor content we upload. [2]

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BREAKING: The Link Tax is Officially on its Way

14 September 2016 — OpenMedia

It’s official.

The EU Commission has officially released some of the worst copyright laws in the world, including unprecedented new Link Tax powers for publishing giants.1, 2

Earlier today, the Commission presented these new rules to the world. Over the past few weeks, leaks suggested the rules were worse than originally feared,3 and today’s announcement proved it. We have to stop this now.

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The EU proposes a nightmare version of the Link Tax!

1 September 2016 — OpenMedia

Breaking Leak: The European Commission have chosen to ignore all the evidence and propose a copyright law that includes a nightmare version of the link tax, and a host of other ideas that only favour Big Media lobbyists.

We need you to share our Save the Link campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

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