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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Facebook’s partnership with the Atlantic Council By Kevin Reed

8 September 2018 — WSWS

On May 17, Facebook announced a partnership with the Atlantic Council, the bipartisan think tank that has participated in every political and military crime of US imperialism over the past half-century. In a brief blog post by Katie Harbath, Facebook’s Global Politics and Government Outreach Director explained that the relationship was necessary “to prevent our service from being abused during elections.”

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medConfidential Bulletin, 7th September 2018

7 September 2018 — medConfidential

Once more, a big thank you to everyone who confirmed to us receipt of the letter about the ‘conversion’ of your Type-2 objection to the National Data Opt-out. We are also grateful to those who shared the letter of apology for the appalling TTP error that led to 150,000 patients’ opt-outs not being honoured, and their confidential information being sold for three years.

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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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medConfidential Bulletin, 8th June 2018

8 June 2018 — MedConfidential

The UK’s new Data Protection Act, which implements the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation, came into force on 25th May. Significant changes are underway, but how much will change in the NHS?

What just happened?

The day before GDPR came into effect, staff at NHS Digital were ordered not to release any “anonymised” patient data. Data releases were resumed the following day, but NHS Digital is still discussing what it terms “operational issues” (i.e. what patient information can now be considered “anonymous”) with the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

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