Britain Moves From Democracy to Authoritarian State in Pernicious Veil of Secrecy

20 September 2018 — Truepublica

First published September 2015. This article is now three years old. In that time, Britain has dramatically moved forward with its intentions to become the Western world’s foremost surveillance state. And whilst all attention is on Brexit – a recent disclosure in Australia revealed that Britain is to press ahead with forcing all technology companies to provide backdoor access to encryption systems to the state.

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Statewatch launch Observatory as interoperable Justice and Home Affairs databases morph into a centralised Big Brother database

13 July 2018 — Statewatch

Press release 12 July 2018: For immediate release: Please re-tweet from: https://twitter.com/StatewatchEU

Statewatch launch new Observatory as interoperable Justice and Home Affairs databases morph into a centralised Big Brother database

“The time to ring the alarms bells is not when Big Brother is in place but when there are the first signs of its construction.” (Tony Bunyan, Statewatch Director)

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medConfidential Bulletin, 6th July 2018

6 July 2018 — MedConfidential

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who kindly let us know when they received their letter about the new National Data Opt-Out. This helped us confirm what patients were being told. 

Clearly NHS Digital has not written to everyone who made a Type-2 objection (see below) – and NHS England, which is responsible for informing everyone else, still refuses to write to people who haven’t opted out about their new choice. Meanwhile, its virtually invisible ‘communications campaign’ stumbles on. Have you heard any of the radio ads or talk radio debates that apparently NHS England has arranged?

Also, if you’ve not received a letter yet, we’d be very interested to hear when yours shows up, because…

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NHS data-sharing U-turn is welcome – but more to do to scrap the ‘hostile environment’By Peter Pannier

11 May 2018 — OurNHS

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Recent attention to the Windrush scandal has focused attention on the many ways migrants are deterred from accessing healthcare. The government has this week announced it will be suspending “with immediate effect” the controversial memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which NHS Digital shared NHS patients’ details with the Home Office.

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Industrializing Class War By William Bowles

2 February 2018 — InvestigatingImperialism

Have you noticed that it’s no longer PC Dixon of Dock Green who mediates the relationship between the state and its citizens as he goes about his beat in your neighbourhood? Instead, it’s a Kevlar-armoured, video-monitored, taser-equipped, drone-surveilled, spit-masked supplied soldier, straight out of Star Wars, who now staggers along under the weight of an industrialized capitalism, visibly physically disconnected from the citizens they monitor by their bullet-proof uniforms, that more resemble a rack of tools in your local hardware store than the Bobby on the beat.

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