PRISM

GCHQ Mass Surveillance Unlawful

Saturday, 7 February, 2015 - 00:45

A judgement by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has deemed that the information intercepted in bulk by the NSA, and then used by GCHQ over a period of seven years, to be unlawful and a breach of human rights law. When GCHQ obtained data about British citizens from the NSA, it attempted to bypass protections within the UK legal system.

Although the judgement covers GCHQ's access to Prism/Upstream, it doesn't cover Tempora and other UK programmes of mass surveillance.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Time for Parliament to act on Mass Surveillance

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We hear all the time that the British public don't care about mass surveillance, privacy and Edward Snowden, but we know that's not true. It may be that those inside the Westminster bubble have been able to hide from how people really feel up to now, but it's time to change that.
It's time for members of Parliament to stand up, be counted, and support our freedoms.

We are asking you to contact your Member of Parliament to ask them to support Early Day Motion 147. It need not take long, the important thing is you tell them how you feel on this issue. Not all MPs can sign EDMs, front benchers don't as a rule, but it is still important that you take this opportunity to let them know you care about mass surveillance.

MI5 Head Tries To Shut Down PRISM Debate

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013 - 22:00

In his first public speech since taking over as head of the Security Service MI5 in April, Andrew Parker has claimed that public discussion of the reach and limits of GCHQ intercept capabilities hands an advantage to terrorists. While not specifically naming Edward Snowden, it's clear that he was hitting out at stories on PRISM and TEMPORA in the Guardian over recent months.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Falkvinge.net : PRISM the British Dimension

Loz Kaye, leader of the UK Pirate Party, gives a view from the UK about the NSA PRISM revelations: The cultural sense among ordinary people in the UK actually goes very counter to taking authoritarian steps into people’s privacy, Kaye writes, and the sense that the US is legally ignoring UK liberties is disturbing. It is up to us to keep pressing these questions to make sure we don’t sleepwalk in to a society where all of us are suspicious until proven innocent, he writes.

Monday, 17 June, 2013 - 11:00

Party: What happened to June?

The last month nearly killed our most active volunteers..

We have been working flat out on lots of our core issues including surveillance - with Prism, Tempora, Snowden - local government transparency, filtering and regulation as well as the usual stream of local issues.  Its been hard, but it has also been a lot of fun and, I know we managed to have an impact.  People have been writing to their MPs about Prism using our template and we have had many positive responses there too, its a start, people noticed, but there is more to do.

It has been great that orepur core issues have been so prominent in the press, fantastic that there has been a wider discussion about whistleblowing and mass surveillance, but we need to keep working to show that there is a better way.

Enter AntiPrism

The uncovering of programmes like PRISM and Tempora, as well as similar projects hinted at in France and elsewhere, shows clearly that far from respecting our independence and privacy many of our governments are complicit in domestic surveillance to an unprecedented scale.

The rhetoric, that our governments are acting because they have to is false. That our politicians have put these programmes in place to protect us from criminals and terrorists is weak at best. The claim that these vast systems are necessary to defend our freedoms is as hypocritical as it is contradictory.

Opinion: PRISM, Suspicious until proven innocent.

It seems that every other week we have a whistleblower to thank for making us more aware of what is being done on our behalf and apparently for our own good.  The most recent revelations give us a far better idea of the sorts of wide spread, in depth monitoring and surveillance that governments feel they can subject their citizens to.

Most recently, the US government has been shamed into acknowledging the existence a programme that allows it access to data held by US companies.  This programme, code-named PRISM, is an in-depth surveillance programme snooping on communications and stored information. The data available to US intelligence agencies includes email, chat, video, photos, file transfers, social networking details and more. Everything a government might want to put together a very personal picture of anyone from their activities on-line.

'PRISM' - Now available in the UK

Friday, 7 June, 2013 - 17:15

The Guardian has reported that the UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the agency responsible for providing signals intelligence to the UK Government, has been making use of the recently outed Top Secret US PRISM programme for its own intelligence collection efforts. PRISM apparently allows the intelligence community to covertly access a broad range of data held on the servers of several major US-based Internet companies.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:

'PRISM' - Snoopers' Charter US Edition

Friday, 7 June, 2013 - 01:45

It has been widely reported that the US intelligence community can access a broad range of data held on the servers of several major US based Internet companies. The data held by these companies would relate to American and non-US citizens alike. Documents describing the secret program, codenamed PRISM, show the extent of electronic surveillance operations.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:

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