Statewatch News Online, 25 April 2017 (06/17)

25 April 2017 — Statewatch

Also available as a pdf file: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2017/apr/email-apr.pdf

ANALYSIS & BRIEFING
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses.htm

1. Hindering humanitarianism: Commission not to ensure protection for those supporting sans-papiers
2. UK-EU: Guide to the Brexit Negotiations (EU Law Analysis, link) by Professor Steve Peers:

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medConfidential Bulletin, 21st April 2017

21 April 2017 — medConfidential

Though the political focus is on the General Election, the ‘STP shuffle’ remains highly significant. Whatever the result in June, both funding and decision-making for health and care services will be increasingly devolved to local areas.

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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

Video: Victims of political policing demand accountability at Undercover Policing Inquiry, in London

6 April 2017 — TRNN

Two years have passed since the establishment of the Pitchford Inquiry into Undercover Policing. Participants say that as of yet, no oral evidence has been taken and that the police are seeking to delay the process in perpetuity. TRNN Researcher Mohamed Elmaazi attended the first Hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice on April 04th 2017, and interviewed participants and their supporters.

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Statewatch News Online, 30 March 2017 (05/17)

30 March 2017 — Statewatch

ANALYSIS & BRIEFING
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses.htm

1. Viewpoint: 9th report on relocation and resettlement: Mystification
2. EU: Briefing on cooperation between Frontex, non-EU states and international organisations

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Obama Ordered Abuse Of Intelligence To Sabotage Trump Policies By Moon of Alabama

2 March 2017 — Moon of Alabama

In its last months the Obama administration ordered the intelligence agencies to collect and distribute information of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. This to prevent any change by the Trump administration of the hostile policy towards Russia that the Obama administration instituted. The intent was also gives the intelligence services blackmail material to prevent any changes in their undue, freewheeling independence. Continue reading this...

Statewatch News Online, 27 February 2017 (04/17)

27 February 2017 — Statewatch

ANALYSIS & BRIEFING
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses.htm

1.  Analysis: Opaque and unaccountable: Frontex Operation Hera
2.  EU: Briefing: EU-wide biometric databases, “soft targets”, cybersecurity and data protection: Commission’s 4th report on building the ‘Security Union
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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, 30 January 2017 (02/17)

30 January 2017 — Statewatch

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

1. Analysis: EU: Eighth report on relocation and resettlement: Commission welcomes increase in relocations and ignores harmful systematic effects

  NEWS
http://www.statewatch.org/news/newsfull.htm

1    USA: Executive Order: Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement 
2.   EU: PNR: Belgium, France, Netherlands to introduce rail ID checks
3.   EU: Re-Build Refuge Europe, a new project to counteract the discourses of crisis
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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...

The NHS Opt-out is worthless!

9 December 2016 — MedConfidential

Jeremy Hunt changed his mind and is still selling your medical records

If you opted out of your hospital records being sold, Jeremy Hunt has changed his mind about your choice.

At the time, he said in Parliament (emphasis added):

“…this Government decided that people should be able to opt out from having their anonymised data used for the purposes of scientific research, which the previous Labour Government refused to do? When they extended the programme to out-patient data in 2003 and to A and E data in 2008, at no point did they give people the right to opt out. We have introduced that right”

The right Jeremy Hunt was so publicly proud of introducing, he has secretly taken away again. He was right to give it you – his election manifesto promised it would be there.

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