Palantir – UK Gov’t sued for selling critical NHS database to foreign power

31st March 2021 — True Publica

UK Gov't sued for selling critical NHS database to foreign power

At TruePublica, we took the view that Britain should not be ‘world-beating’ at being the most surveilled nation of any Western democracy in the world. For five years we reported with our partners that state surveillance and the ending of privacy was a matter of public interest, not a political plaything for some politicians to line their pockets with.

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Examining the Stasi, Seeing the NSA

22 March 2021 — Consortium News

From the Archives: For many years, the East German Stasi was viewed as the most totalitarian of intelligence services, relentlessly spying on its citizens during the Cold War. But the Stasi’s capabilities pale in comparison to what the NSA can now do, notes former U.S. intelligence analyst Elizabeth Murray.

By Elizabeth Murray
Special to Consortium News
Feb. 3, 2015

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Watch: The Scale of This Digital Dragnet Has Reached Epic Proportions

21 March, 2021 — 21st Century Wire

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The intergovernmental data trawling led by America’s NSA, and partnering with the other Five Eyes nations the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, has the capability for full spectrum dominance over almost every aspect of human life – provided that most functioning aspects of our society and economy are transferred exclusively to the digital domain. The implications of this will render the foundational concepts of personal freedom and sovereignty meaningless in a traditional sense.

Former NSA and CIA contractor turned whistleblower, Ed Snowden, explains how this digital dragnet has come to pass and what practical steps society needs to take to preserve essential aspects of a free civilization. Watch:

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Digital Trails: How the FBI Is Identifying, Tracking and Rounding Up Dissidents

17 March 2021 — The Rutherford Institute

“Americans deserve the freedom to choose a life without surveillance and the government regulation that would make that possible. While we continue to believe the sentiment, we fear it may soon be obsolete or irrelevant. We deserve that freedom, but the window to achieve it narrows a little more each day. If we don’t act now, with great urgency, it may very well close for good.”—Charlie Warzel and Stuart A. Thompson, New York Times

Databit by databit, we are building our own electronic concentration camps.

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US spy firm at centre of sensitive NHS patient data grab

8 March 2021 — True Publica

US spy firm at centre of sensitive NHS patient data grab

The story below tells of alarming backroom deals being done without public or parliamentary scrutiny into the highly sensitive (and extremely valuable) NHS patient data system.  The company involved is Palantir, a highly controversial American company that TruePublica has reported on several times in the last few years – that was at the centre of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Brexit scandal.

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Report: Government Spies Are Tracking Brits Movements To Check If They’re Complying With Lockdown

20 November, 2020 — Summit News

GCHQ spooks also tasked with waging war on ‘anti-vaccination conspiracy theories’

By Steve Watson

Barry Batchelor – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

GCHQ spooks are monitoring the movement of British people minute by minute to check if they are complying with government restrictions, according to reports.

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In Blow to Online Privacy EU Seizes on Vienna Attack to Enact Long-Desired Ban on Encryption

9 November 2020 — Mint Press

The end of end to end encryption

If the EU is successful, users will no longer enjoy protection from the prying eyes of government and criminals on popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal.

By Alan Macleod

The European Union is rushing through new legislation to get rid of end to end digital encryption. This would mean the end of privacy for users of popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal.

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If no-one watches the watchers, we can’t defend our civil liberties

13 October 2020 — Statewatch

As governments seek ever-greater surveillance powers, we need to keep them under control.

For almost three decades, Statewatch has reported on, analysed and fought against attempts by the EU and national governments to snoop further and further into our private lives – from the surveillance and retention of telecommunications data; to the profiling of travellers, tourists and migrants; and plans to create vast, centralised databases of sensitive biometric data. Continue reading

Police surveilled George Floyd protests with help from Twitter-affiliated startup Dataminr

17 July 2020 — The Intercept by Sam Biddle

LEVERAGING CLOSE TIES to Twitter, controversial artificial intelligence startup Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor the protests that swept the country following the killing of George Floyd, tipping off police to social media posts with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators, according to documents reviewed by The Intercept and a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

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