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Archives for 'Human Rights' category.

UK 'snoopers charter' claimed to break EU law - The Register

'The data retention regimes in operation or preparation in at least ten European states are unlawful, and breach the European Convention on Human Rights, according to a legal opinion released today.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:39 PM Thu 16 Oct 2003 Categories: Data retention , Human Rights , Surveillance & Security , The Register
Police seek DNA record of everyone - The Guardian

'Senior police officers will call this week for the the national database of 2m DNA samples to be extended to everyone in the country' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:55 PM Mon 8 Sep 2003 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Guardian
Want to visit Britain? Join the fingerprint queue - The Register

'The Government today announced plans to extend the use of biometric technology throughout the UK visa system in a crackdown against abuse of the immigration system.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:36 PM Fri 29 Aug 2003 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Register
New children's database will list potential criminals - The Telegraph

'Tony Blair is to announce plans to put up to half a million children deemed at risk of becoming criminals or getting into other trouble on a new computer register. Teachers, family doctors and other professionals working with youngsters will be asked to name potential troublemakers whose personal details will then be placed on the database.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:27 PM Sun 24 Aug 2003 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Telegraph
Blair orders Blunkett to put identity card scheme on hold - The Independent

'Tony Blair has put off the launch of a plan to compel every Briton to hold an ID card in response to fears that it will turn into an expensive and frustrating assault on liberty.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:44 PM Fri 1 Aug 2003 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Independent
I will fight Labour repression, pledges new head of Liberty - The Telegraph

'The new head of Liberty yesterday committed the civil rights campaign group to resisting the Government's plans to introduce compulsory ID cards and to finding allies beyond the organisation's traditional left-wing support base.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:15 AM Thu 31 Jul 2003 Categories: Human Rights , ID Cards , Privacy , The Telegraph
ID Cards - The Guardian

'The prime minister signalled his support for ID cards "in principle", but said "huge" logistical and cost issues must be resolved first.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:40 PM Wed 30 Jul 2003 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Guardian
Government accused of deception over ID card statistics - out-law.com

'The UK Government claims that its plans for a national identity card have won public support. But its consultation results seem to ignore most of the responses and the Government refuses to explain why, according to human rights group Privacy International.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:37 PM Fri 6 Jun 2003 Categories: Govt. Consultations , Human Rights , out-law.com
The net closes on civil liberties - The Guardian

'My parents and I came to the UK as refugees from Poland in 1969. In Poland, our phone was tapped, letters were opened, movements monitored and associations carefully noted and used against us. After 33 years in a country I have grown to love, it is surprising that the government wants to read my emails, monitor my phone calls, work out my movements, who I associate with and how I spend my money' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:46 PM Thu 13 Jun 2002 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , The Guardian
New powers put privacy laws to the test - ZDNET

'The government's move to give more agencies access to personal Internet and telecoms information will put a strain on the Data Protection Act and other institutions, say critics' link

Posted by SteveC at 07:21 PM Wed 12 Jun 2002 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , ZDNET
Snooping Bill: It's back and this time it's personal - Silicon.com

'Blanket surveillance of communications data could become a reality as the European Parliament votes on a key amendment to telecommunications law on Thursday.' link

Posted by SteveC at 07:30 PM Wed 29 May 2002 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , Silicon.com
Spy plans 'threat to human rights' - BBC

'Civil liberties campaigners have warned the government that granting police and secret services greater snooping powers would be a breach of human rights.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:59 PM Sun 3 Dec 2000 Categories: BBC , Human Rights , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , Surveillance & Security
Europe to investigate legality of RIP - The Register

'Britain's big brother email snooping law - RIP - could be in breach of European privacy legislation.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:25 PM Fri 27 Oct 2000 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Register
Employers gain e-snoop powers - BBC

'New regulations giving employers sweeping powers to monitor their workers' e-mails and internet activity come into force in the UK on Tuesday.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:18 PM Tue 24 Oct 2000 Categories: BBC , Human Rights , Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1)
Bosses join email snooping scrum - The Register

'The CBI has slammed the proposed Data Protection Commission's (DPC) draft code of practice on interception of emails and phone calls. The code is currently based on what were draft regulations and so is out of date, it says.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:15 PM Tue 17 Oct 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Human Rights , Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Register
At what cost human rights? - VNUNET

'The enactment of the Human Rights Act (HRA) into English law last week has led to dire predictions about the potential cost of litigation to business.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:13 PM Thu 12 Oct 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Human Rights , VNUNET
U.K. snoop law may conflict with EU Human Rights Act - CNN

'(IDG) -- Trade unions are concerned that portions of the new surveillance bill granting the U.K. government sweeping powers to access e-mail and other encrypted Internet communications may be in conflict with the Human Rights Act, both of which became U.K. law on Monday, Oct. 2.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:11 PM Thu 5 Oct 2000 Categories: CNN , Human Rights , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1)
Protecting privacy and monitoring e-mail - BBC

'Companies may start curbing staff surfing in the wake of Government guidelines that give them the right to spy on employees using the phone or e-mail, warn lawyers.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:09 PM Thu 5 Oct 2000 Categories: BBC , Human Rights , Privacy
Licensed to snoop - The Guardian

'Picture the scene: suddenly you get a boss who has got it in for you but can't fault you for any of your work. So he starts looking at all the back emails you have made, and all the websites you've visited, copies of which are on the back-up server even though you have deleted them.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:35 PM Wed 4 Oct 2000 Categories: Human Rights , The Guardian
Snooping laws 'to face court challenge' - BBC

'New UK regulations allowing businesses to snoop on staff e-mails and phone calls could prompt one of the first challenges under the Human Rights Act, unions have warned.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:33 PM Wed 4 Oct 2000 Categories: BBC , Human Rights
U.K. employers win powers to snoop on workers - CNN

'LONDON (Reuters) -- Unions and Internet campaigners reacted angrily Wednesday to new British laws that they say will let unscrupulous employers snoop on personal phone calls and e-mail messages by their staff.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:56 AM Wed 4 Oct 2000 Categories: CNN , Human Rights , Privacy
U.K. Bosses Get Access To Staff E-mail - TechWeb

'British privacy activists are challenging new rules that will let employers read their staff's e-mail without seeking permission first.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:55 AM Wed 4 Oct 2000 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , TechWeb
Fresh confusion over email monitoring - VNUNET

'Businesses could face legal action from their employees because of a conflict between new snooping and human rights laws.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:53 AM Wed 4 Oct 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Human Rights , VNUNET
Firms warned over email interception - VNUNET

'Businesses could be inadvertently infringing staff privacy rights introduced this week under the Human Rights Act (HRA).' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:30 PM Mon 2 Oct 2000 Categories: Human Rights , VNUNET
Email spy law 'costly and undemocratic' - The Guardian

'Controversial new laws allowing the government to "spy" on emails were not only a severe threat to human rights and civil liberties but would undermine Britain's hopes of being a leading centre for e-commerce, the Liberal Democrats heard yesterday.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:18 PM Wed 20 Sep 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Human Rights , The Guardian
U.K. e-mail snooping bill passed - CNN

'LONDON (IDG) -- The surveillance bill granting the U.K. government sweeping powers to access e-mail and other encrypted Internet communications passed its final vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday and is set to become law on October 5.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:22 PM Fri 28 Jul 2000 Categories: CNN , Cost to industry , Cybercrime , Human Rights , Privacy
UN report scorns UK human rights record - The Guardian

'A devastating United Nations report has condemned the UK's human rights record and called for sweeping reforms to the security services, an end to gagging orders and protection for journalists who expose wrongdoing inside MI5 and MI6.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:22 PM Thu 20 Jul 2000 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , Reports/Equiries , The Guardian
ISP considers quitting UK over RIP bill - VNUNET

'A Manchester-based ISP is threatening to move some of its services abroad to protect client confidentiality if the UK government does not make significant changes to the so-called internet snooping bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:28 PM Mon 10 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Human Rights , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
Firm's threat over 'net-spying' Bill - thisismoney

'A major internet service provider is threatening to quit Britain if the Government pushes ahead with a controversial bill to snoop on e-mails. Poptel, which provides net services to the TUC as well as various unions and voluntary groups, said that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill should be rethought.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:26 PM Sun 9 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Human Rights , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , thisismoney
ISP RIPs up UK domicile - The Register

'Poptel, a British ISP which counts the Trades Union Congress TUC) among its customers, is threatening to move abroad, unless the Government ditches email snooping rights introduced through the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:24 PM Sun 9 Jul 2000 Categories: Human Rights , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Register
RIP will turn Britain into police state - Clinton Web guru - The Register

'Bill Clinton's Web guru has come out against Tony Blair's Internet snooping plans - saying they are tantamount to turning Britain into a police state' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:08 PM Thu 6 Jul 2000 Categories: Human Rights , The Register
Tories demand tougher computer penalties - BBC

'People who refuse to allow authorities access to coded information on their computers should face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, the UK's Conservative party says.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:49 PM Tue 9 May 2000 Categories: BBC , Human Rights , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III)
MI5 bugging exempt from privacy act - The Guardian

'Covert surveillance by MI5, MI6 and the police, including tapping phones and bugging homes, will be exempt from challenge under a new right to privacy contained in the Human Rights Act, it has emerged.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:25 AM Mon 27 Mar 2000 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , The Guardian
It's RIP basic human rights in 'worst UK legislation ever' looms - The Guardian

'To LSE for a conference on the Interior Ministry's Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill, currently in Committee in the Mother of Parliaments. Readers of this column will know that, among other things, this odious piece of legislation reverses the ancient principle of natural justice that says that a person should be pre sumed innocent until proven guilty.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:22 AM Sun 26 Mar 2000 Categories: Govt. Consultations , Human Rights , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , The Guardian
Ripping into U.K. Privacy Bill - Wired News

'LONDON -- Privacy advocates say a proposed bill that could force Internet service providers hand over data traffic information would harm Britain's e-commerce environment and encourage e-business companies to locate elsewhere. But in keeping with the heated tone the debate has taken, one government official attending a conference Wednesday at the London School of Economics claimed the bill would help "make the U.K. the best place in the world for e-commerce." ' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:11 AM Thu 23 Mar 2000 Categories: Govt. Consultations , Human Rights , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , Wired News
UK government answers snooping bill critics - VNUNET

'The Home Office minister in charge of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill has publicly defended the controversial legislation against accusations that it breeches human rights.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:09 AM Thu 23 Mar 2000 Categories: Govt. Consultations , Human Rights , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , VNUNET
RIP Bill comes under fresh attack - ZDNET

'On the eve of a privacy conference, two leading human rights organisations have accused the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill of violating human rights laws. A forthcoming government bill concerning Internet communication directly contravenes the European Convention of Human Rights, according to a report published on Wednesday by leading civil liberty rights groups.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:05 AM Wed 22 Mar 2000 Categories: Govt. Consultations , Human Rights , ZDNET
Big Brother delves into your inbox - BBC

'Student Julie Ann Davies was "astonished" when she was arrested over her links with former MI5 spy David Shayler, because she'd had no idea she was under police investigation. It is speculated that she had been the subject of a covert operation, and that police or MI5 had been intercepting her e-mails for some time, entirely without her knowledge.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:14 PM Wed 8 Mar 2000 Categories: BBC , Human Rights , Privacy
E-Spying Bill Called 'Escrow By Intimidation' - TechWeb

'The British government published a bill Thursday to update law enforcement's interception powers to include communications made via company networks and ISPs. The legislation was immediately slammed as threatening human rights and labelled "key escrow through intimidation" by Internet think tank the Foundation For Information Policy Research (FIPR). Key escrow is a failed policy by which users of encryption software lodge copies of security keys with third parties approved by government.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:25 PM Thu 10 Feb 2000 Categories: Human Rights , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , TechWeb
New surveillance bill comes under fire - ZDNET

'Regulation of Investigatory Powers bill violates human rights law, say civil liberties campaigners. The government Thursday published the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill, branded "impossible" by Internet campaigners for its potential human rights conflicts.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:23 PM Thu 10 Feb 2000 Categories: Human Rights , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , ZDNET
Surveillance bill under fire - BBC

'The UK Government came under fire on Thursday from the internet community after it published a Bill to regulate covert surveillance. The critics say the legislation, if passed, could lead to innocent people being sent to jail simply because they have lost their data encryption codes.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:21 PM Thu 10 Feb 2000 Categories: BBC , Human Rights , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III)
When is a human right not a human right? - The Times

As all good lawyers are aware, the Human Rights Act comes into force on October 2. What perhaps fewer know is that the Act has a retrospective effect in some circumstances. link

Posted by SteveC at 02:18 PM Tue 25 Jan 2000 Categories: Human Rights , The Times