Press Releases

  • Danfox Davies
    Monday, 10 August, 2015 - 23:15

    In what is effectively a forerunner to the controversial Care.data project from NHS England Pharmacies (including of course Boots, Tesco and Superdrug) will now have access to patient’s confidential data (the so called 'Summary Care Record'). This is being rolled out across England following a pilot scheme in 140 pharmacies where almost 2000 patient’s records were accessed.

    However, despite that, only 15 patient evaluation forms were received showing a lack of understanding and engagement from patients. Equally there was confusion from pharmacists about the confidential nature of...

  • David Elston
    Thursday, 6 August, 2015 - 09:00

    Our Government has always been one step behind when trying to legislate for technology. Since the Computer Misuse Act 1990 we've had very broad definitions of what can constitute a punishment under the law. Now the Intellectual Property Office is continuing this bad trend while blurring the lines between the different kinds of copyright breach. A consultation has been launched that threatens to increase existing criminal penalties for online file sharing from a maximum of 2 years, to a maximum of 10 years' imprisonment.

    The "Consultation on the changes to the penalties for offences...

  • Cris Chesha
    Friday, 31 July, 2015 - 17:00

    For immediate release.

    David Cameron has today announced a crackdown on free pornography sites. In a statement he says that free porn "could be shut down within months" and "I want to see age restrictions put into place or these websites will face being shut down".

    Cameron will likely use the same filters that were sold to the electorate as being there to prevent the distribution of images of child abuse. These were subsequently, almost immediately repurposed on behalf of the copyright lobby to prevent the free sharing of information on sites such as The Pirate Bay....

  • Cris Chesha
    Thursday, 30 July, 2015 - 02:45

    On 30th July 2009, Andrew Robinson registered Pirate Party UK as a political party for the first time. Today, we are proud to celebrate our 6th Birthday, and launch #WeArrSix, our Pirate Party campaign retrospective.

    Over the last 6 years, the world has changed dramatically, but Pirate Party UK have campaigned tirelessly for civil liberties, digital freedoms and democratic reform. During this time, PPUK...

  • Tuesday, 28 July, 2015 - 15:45

    Under draconian new powers intended to be implemented by Lambeth Council on 17th August, you could be fined up to £1000 for buying or using perfume, paint, incense sticks, or any other 'intoxicating' substance in any public space within Lambeth.

    Lambeth Council are seeking to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in order to crack down on the growing use of nitrous oxide (a legal high) in the borough and the associated litter and anti-social behaviour.

    However, the PSPO defines Legal Highs as "Intoxicating substances (excluding alcohol) with the capacity to...

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