NSA Whistleblower Steps Forward - Are We Willing To Trade Freedom For Comfort?

Sunday, 9 June, 2013 - 21:00

The identity of the whistleblower behind the largest intelligence leak in the NSA's history has been released together with a video interview credited to Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras. In the video, Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old Systems analyst explains his motivations, intentions and the risks he now faces.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:

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:

The Day We Fight Back

Monday, 11 February, 2013 - 16:00

On the anniversary of Aaron Swartz's tragic passing, leading Internet groups and online platforms have engaged in a day of activism against surveillance.

The Pirate Party joined the broad coalition to highlight issues surrounding NSA and GCHQ mass surveillance regimes.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

"We're often told that the British public at large doesn't really care about the issue of mass surveillance. But the Westminster crowd should not mistake their own inability or unwillingness to act for a wider apathy."

A Snooper's Charter and the future of Freedom

Friday, 15 June, 2012 - 11:00

Labour's Legacy, the future of Freedom

Loz Kaye commented on the lack of respect for liberties the Draft Communications Data Bill (CDB) provides and questions whether the opposition will fight against such legislation.

"Many of the justifications for CDB include 'if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear'. We know that the truth is that with CDB everyone has something to fear. It is also pointed out that this is the continuation of a Labour policy and so seems to have the support of all three main parties."

A Snoopers Charter

Thursday, 14 June, 2012 - 17:15

A future with less freedom, not more?

Andy Halsall commented on the lack of respect for liberties that the Draft Communications Data Bill (CDB) provides especially in the context of election promises and the coalition agreement between parties in Government.

The Draft Communications Bill

Thursday, 14 June, 2012 - 13:30

'A Snoopers Charter'

The Draft Communications Data Bill (CDB) is the latest incarnation of the Interception Modernisation Programme. CDB is a mass surveillance scheme for the UK. It will allow the logging of every phone call, email, text message and letter as well as communication on social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Loz Kaye commented on the draft issued today:

Pirate Party Reaction to the Queen's Speech

Wednesday, 9 May, 2012 - 16:15

A 'Snooper's Charter'

The Queen announced the coalition's legislative agenda for this parliamentary session, including plans to radically expand the government's surveillance of everyone in Britain, the expansion of secret trials and changes to Defamation law.

"My government intends to bring forward measures to maintain the ability of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access vital communications data under strict safeguards to protect the public, subject to scrutiny of draft clauses."

Uncivil Liberties: The Coalition's Surveillance Chaos

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It has been a  week of chaos for Britain's government on civil liberties. Theresa May signaling the intention to bring in legislation to allow law enforcement agencies to check email, web, social media and gaming forum traffic unleashed a wave of protest. It also unleashed contradiction in the government parties. The Conservatives were quick to exploit the "being tough on crime" angle in the Sun. LibDem president Tim Farron was fielded to promise to shoot down the proposals Nick Clegg was set up to defend just a few short days before.

We have had leaks, briefings, interviews, spin and letters. Lots of letters. The whole debacle has been capped with Home Office and the Prime Minister's websites being DDoSed by Anonymous. 


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