Snoopers Charter

ORGZINE: Humans Have No Default Setting

Loz Kaye, Leader of the Pirate Party UK, looks at why the Snoopers Charter has crawled its way back into the political agenda, and why it will it may not solve the problems that politicians are hoping it will.

It is vital that as a digital rights movement we do not just protect our interests, without taking a wider interest in the society in which we take part. That will rightly lay us open to the charge of being shortsighted and anti-social. But of course poverty, abuse and racism are difficult to deal with. It is far more attractive for politicians to blame the Internet when they are under pressure from the tabloids. It's simpler to hold out promises of magic technological solutions even if they have no basis in reality.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 - 21:00

UK Snoopers' Charter raises its ugly head again

AUTHORITARIAN POLITICIANS have gathered to pen a letter to the Times that says we must put up with blanket internet surveillance technology if we are to be saved from "terrorism".

UK Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye said that earlier rumours of the death of the so-called Snoopers' Charter had been exaggerated. He appealed to the politicians, adding that the Communications Bill should be rejected for very real reasons.

"After the Queen's speech I warned about the danger of a Snoopers' Charter reboot. Now politicians from Labour and the Conservatives want to do exactly that, and are calling for the return of the Communications Data Bill," he said

Friday, 14 June, 2013 (All day)

Death of snoopers’ charter is cautiously welcomed

OPPONENTS OF THE INTRUSIVE UK snoopers' charter Communications Bill haven't been celebrating since Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he won't support it.

While Clegg and his Lib Dem party are convinced that this is the end of the bill, UK Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye cautiously welcomed the news.

"This proposal should never have come forward in the first place, it would turn us all from citizens into suspects. I hope this is indeed the good news we are promised. Let's wait for the final evidence, you'll forgive me for being sceptical about LibDem pledges," he said.

Friday, 26 April, 2013 (All day)

UK Politicians Bid to Join Axis of Snooping

Friday, 14 June, 2013 - 11:45

Political pressure is again rising to push through blanket surveillance measures in the United Kingdom. Four former home secretaries have urged for a return of the Snoopers' Charter. In a letter published in the Times, the politicians – Labour's Jack Straw, David Blunkett and Alan Johnson and the Conservative Lord Baker – support new blanket monitoring powers contained in the Communications Data Bill.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:

The Queens Speech : A Programme of Missed Opportunities

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013 - 14:00

Today the Coalition Government set out its plans for the next parliamentary session in the Queen's Speech.

The speech was more notable for what was not in it. The Communications Data Bill or "Snoopers' Charter" was at least dropped in name. Missed opportunities included leaving out proposal for a register of lobbyists, and not acting on the promised power to recall MPs.

Pirate party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Government Caving on Snoopers' Charter – Still Much to be Done

Thursday, 25 April, 2013 - 15:15

In what would be a humiliating climbdown for Theresa May cracks opened up again in the coalition on civil liberties. In a U-turn from his appearance in favour of the CDB on the BBC Today programme Nick Clegg announced "that is not necessarily workable or proportional so it's not going to happen".

Time to drop the Snoopers Charter

Tuesday, 11 December, 2012 - 14:45

The Home Secretary Theresa May has said she would press on with the Communications Data Bill, more widely known as the "Snooper's Charter", despite almost universal opposition -- from Liberal Democrat coalition partners, industry, civil rights organisations, the public and the parliamentary committee that was asked to look into it.

Pirate Party UK Home Affairs spokesperson Finlay Archibald said:

Jimmy Wales calls Comms. Data Bill "technologically illiterate"

Friday, 7 September, 2012 - 08:45

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, who has in the past spoken in support of Pirate Party opinions such as the No vote on ACTA and the campaign against the extradition of Richard O'Dwyer, has given evidence to the Parliamentary committee on the Communicatons Data Bill - commonly referred to as the "Snooper's charter".

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