UK’s GCHQ spy centre seeks new powers to circumvent encryption By Thomas Scripps

6 July 2019 — WSWS

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has proposed that tech companies allow state spies into encrypted chats and calls. The new surveillance measures, known as a “ghost protocol,” would allow a government agent to “sit in” on ostensibly secure private conversations without the knowledge of other participants.

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UK: GCHQ/MI5 admit illegally spying on millions By Trevor Johnson

2 July 2019 — WSWS

The domestic spy agency MI5 and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) intelligence gathering unit have been forced to admit in court that they are acting illegally in their use of bulk data, gathered by intruding into the lives of millions of innocent people. MI5 “has been unlawfully retaining innocent people’s data for years.”

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Facial recognition technology and the US military-intelligence apparatus By Kevin Reed

27 June 2019 — WSWS

On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee unanimously approved a resolution banning the use of facial recognition (FR) technology by the city, including by the police department. A full vote of the city council on the resolution is planned for July 16.

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MI5 “unlawfully” handled bulk surveillance data, Liberty litigation reveals

11 June 2019 — Liberty

The British security service MI5 has been unlawfully retaining innocent people’s data for years.

It also failed to give senior judges accurate information about repeated breaches of its duty to delete bulk surveillance data, and has been criticised for mishandling sensitive legally privileged material.

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Britain: The Database State

23 May 2019 — True Publica

By TruePublica: Britain is a surveillance state, the worst in the democratic West. In a short period of time, it has amassed a rather sordid history of citizen surveillance – and it continues to be unlawful. Last September’s damning judgement of British security operations against its own people saw the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rule that the government had unlawfully obtained data from communications companies and didn’t put in place safeguards around how it did it.  But what does the state really know about us and what about the future?

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Government forced to delete millions of illegal citizen biometric voiceprints

14 May 2019 — True Publica

Last year, TruePublica published an article about how the British government were now going ‘full Orwellian‘ in their attempt to build a national biometric database. The opening line to the article was – “We said that the government would eventually take the biometric data of every single citizen living in Britain and use it for nefarious reasons.  DNA, fingerprint, face, and even voice data will be included. But that’s not all.” 

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Statewatch News Online, 13 May 2019 (12/19)

13 May 2019 — Statewatch

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