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Draft ID card bill slips into Queen's speech - The Register

'A draft bill to introduce ID cards in the UK is expected to be included in the Queen's speech later this month.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:57 AM Wed 5 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security , The Register
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
UK ID card scheme likely to be 'debacle', says Jack Straw - The Register

'UK home secretary David Blunkett's on-off ID card scheme may now be off for the foreseeable future, following the leak of highly critical letters from foreign secretary Jack Straw and the Treasury over the weekend. Straw, Blunkett's predecessor at the Home Office, warns of a "large-scale debacle," while the Treasury letter argues that the 40 fee for Blunkett's compulsory card would have to be categorised as a tax hike.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:42 PM Mon 13 Oct 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Register
ID cards protect civil liberties - Blair - The Register

'The Prime Minster has given his strongest support yet for the introductiuon of identity cards in UK.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:31 PM Tue 30 Sep 2003 Categories: ID Cards , The Register
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
Blair shoots down UK ID card scheme - The Register

'UK Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday knocked the wheels off Home Secretary David Blunkett's ID card bandwagon, citing "huge logistical and cost issues that need to be resolved" before the cards can be implemented. If words such as "privacy" and "freedom" also figured in his reasoning he neglected to share this with us, but he pointed out that the last government (by which he presumably means Tory government, rather than the one he himself baked earlier) had examined the issue "over a period of years" and had come to similar conclusions.'link

Posted by SteveC at 11:12 AM Thu 31 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Register
UK ID scheme complex, costly, won't work, says expert - The Register

'UK home secretary and serial control freak David Blunkett's national ID card scheme has come under fire from an unlikely source - the company currently deploying Belgium's national ID card scheme. This has a certain piquancy, given that Blunkett thinks the UK is "out of kilter" with Europe on ID cards, yet here we have an outfit that knows what it's talking about reckoning that he is out of kilter with ID card thinking.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:11 PM Fri 11 Jul 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Privacy , The Register
Computer crime sentences are 'not good enough' - The Register

So is additional legislation needed?
Not according to Detective Chief Superintendent Les Hynds, head of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, who said existing laws - such as the Computer Misuse Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act - are adequate. However he added a rider that neither piece of legislation has been fully tested in court. link

Posted by SteveC at 05:20 PM Fri 2 May 2003 Categories: Cybercrime , The Register
2003 Big Brother Awards: The Winners - The Register

'Privacy International today announced the winners of the 2003 Big Brother Awards. One of the judges, estimable Dr Ian Brown of the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR), writes: "It was alternatively amusing and depressing to be one of the judges for these awards. RIP and data retention played a large part in our deliberations..."' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:10 AM Wed 26 Mar 2003 Categories: Awards , The Register
Snoops a go-go: UK gov goes mad on privacy invasion - The Register

'The UK government intends to implement sweeping extensions to the snooping powers of official bodies before its controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) even comes into force. RIPA was bludgeoned through Parliament two years ago in the face of heavy opposition, and is to come into force later this year.' link

Posted by SteveC at 07:27 PM Tue 11 Jun 2002 Categories: Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Register
Cybercops are go! - The Register

'Home Secretary Jack Straw has officially launched the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit today at the Science Museum in London.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:52 PM Wed 18 Apr 2001 Categories: Cybercrime , Surveillance & Security , The Register
Cybercops are go! - The Register

Critics of the government's policies were not invited and/or were banned
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/18341.html

Posted by SteveC at 12:00 AM Wed 18 Apr 2001 Categories: The Register
RMS RIP comments - The Register

Free software would have prevented foot and mouth, BSE, Hatfield
rail crash - RMS
- Pausing
only for the obligatory swipe at the UK Government, the Regulation of
Investigatory Powers Act and the Private Security Industry Bill (and tipping
his hat to FIPR's Caspar Bowden, also in the audience) Stallman went on a
gentle meander through the history of copyright, ending at the present day
when the media companies own most copyrights and also (he alleges) own the politicians who make the laws that maintain the system.

Posted by SteveC at 01:08 PM Fri 6 Apr 2001 Categories: Privacy , The Register
US company defeats Brit RIP Act - The Register

'Anonymous Web-surfing outfit SafeWeb has just expanded its secure server facilities in New York so that Europeans can enjoy faster access to private, and virtually anonymous, Web browsing and e-mail.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:30 PM Fri 30 Mar 2001 Categories: RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , Surveillance & Security , Technical countermeasures , The Register
Pedos volunteered system passwords to cops - The Register

'A spokeswoman for the National Crime Squad told The Independent that "We were only able to get into their systems when they voluntarily gave us their passwords."

If the same situation were to arise today, the suspect would be obliged, under the RIP Act, to furnish the investigators with the key to decrypt their data. However, the Operation Cathedral investigation predated the Act becoming law.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:53 PM Wed 14 Feb 2001 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , Surveillance & Security , The Register
Police urge business to report hi-tech crimes - The Register

'Businesses are being urged to report hacking attempts and incidents of Internet-based extortion to the police, rather than keep quiet for fear of damage to their reputations.' link Posted by SteveC at 03:49 PM Wed 7 Feb 2001 Categories: Cost to industry , Cybercrime , Surveillance & Security , The Register

RIP not a problem thanks to police stupidity - The Register

'Well, the RIP Act may be Draconian but we shouldn't worry at the moment because the police haven't got a clue what they're doing. That at least is what representatives of the ISP Association said at a forum in the House of Lords yesterday.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:40 PM Wed 17 Jan 2001 Categories: Cost to industry , Cybercrime , Surveillance & Security , The Register
The solution to RIP, email sackings and Big Brother - The Register

'The last six months have been a terrible time for Internet users in the UK. The RIP Act is obviously the worst of it - the government has given itself almost unbelievable powers of access to people's communication and then gone out of its way to make it as non-answerable to the public as possible.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:37 PM Fri 12 Jan 2001 Categories: RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , Surveillance & Security , The Register
Encryption tears holes in RIP - The Register

'A group of cryptographers think they have found a way to defeat the RIP Act, by making it impossible to hand over the keys to encrypted information.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:16 PM Thu 7 Dec 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , Surveillance & Security , Technical countermeasures , The Register
Govt ministers distance themselves from email spy plan - The Register

'Government ministers are distancing themselves from the Draconian surveillance measures proposed by NCIS deputy Roger Gaspar in a report to the Home Office.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:10 PM Tue 5 Dec 2000 Categories: RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , Surveillance & Security , The Register
Politicians line up against Euro email snooping laws - The Register

'A British politician is to warn her colleagues that proposals currently being drawn up to tackle cybercrime could lead to a Europe-wide version of the UK's controversial email snooping powers.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:07 PM Mon 4 Dec 2000 Categories: Cybercrime , Surveillance & Security , The Register
Police request right to spy on every UK phone call and email - The Register

'A report by the deputy director-general of the National Criminal Intelligence Service - sent to the Home Office and leaked to the Observer newspaper - has shocked many by asking for the legal right to access records of all phone calls, emails and Internet dial-ups made in the UK for a period of up to seven years.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:03 PM Mon 4 Dec 2000 Categories: RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , Surveillance & Security , The Register
Email snooping row kicks off again - The Register

'The code contradicts the government's official line on email monitoring, stating that emails marked personal or private should be off-bounds to employers. She also says staff should be made aware when they are being watched. Any monitoring outside these two conditions should be carried out only in order to detect or prevent a crime. In contrast, the government says employers should have "routine access" to staff emails and phone conversations.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:51 PM Tue 28 Nov 2000 Categories: Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Register
TUC gets arsey about RIP email laws - The Register

'The Trades Union Congress has embarked on a mini-crusade for a code of practice for employers when using the new email snooping laws allowed under the RIP Act.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:45 PM Fri 17 Nov 2000 Categories: RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Register
RIP just got scarier - The Register

'A suggested amendment to the Freedom of Information Act, put forward by Lord Falconer, aims to automatically exempt all cases of Tribunals concerning the RIP Act from disclosure.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:49 PM Tue 14 Nov 2000 Categories: RIP Oversight (Part IV) , The Register
Look out! Here come the cybercop - The Register

'A new team of 80 full-time cybercops are to be recruited and let loose on the UK's Net structure as part of a 25 million plan to stamp on Internet crime, the Home Secretary announced this morning.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:39 PM Mon 13 Nov 2000 Categories: Cybercrime , The Register
Net dad Vint Cerf slams RIP - The Register

'Vinton Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the Internet, has attacked the RIP bill as a dangerous new piece of legislation.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:34 PM Fri 3 Nov 2000 Categories: The Register
Cyber Rights Hush up new RIP powers - The Register

'Cyber Rights.net has "formed an alliance" with Hush Communications to beat new RIP powers by offering super-encrypted email off its site.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:29 PM Wed 1 Nov 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , The Register
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
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
Lib Dems go against RIP bill - The Register

'The Liberal Democrat's Party convention has brought a few more people out of the shadows and into the fight against aspects of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:16 PM Wed 20 Sep 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , The Register
CBI to press for longer RIP discussion - The Register

'The Confederation of British Industry is to leap to the defence of UK Internet users.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:43 PM Fri 11 Aug 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , The Register
Blair gets RIP thanks to a few sleepy MPs - The Register

'The government managed to slip its email snooping plans through the House of Commons on Wednesday night.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:16 PM Thu 27 Jul 2000 Categories: The Register
Politicians unite in RIP love-in - The Register

'Charles Clarke, Home Office Minister, last night described the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill as "one of the most complicated pieces of legislation I've ever seen".' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:11 PM Wed 26 Jul 2000 Categories: The Register
How to dodge RIP - The Register

'A report due to be published tonight will explain how to dodge the government's email snooping bill via a few simple steps' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:07 PM Wed 26 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Register
RIP branded 'zombie legislation' as it passes Lords - The Register

'The Lords forced a fresh set of concessions on the government yesterday before passing its email snooping bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:59 PM Thu 20 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , The Register
Lords do their worst on RIP - The Register

'The House of Lords voted against an opposition move that would have required the home secretary to sign warrants forcing companies to turn over decryption keys. But ministers won by just one vote. Had they lost, it would have been their third defeat in 24 hours.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:57 PM Fri 14 Jul 2000 Categories: The Register
Minister slams RIP objections as 'ill founded' - The Register

'Home Office Minister Charles Clarke has labelled concerns over the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill from an alliance of 50 UK organisations "ill founded".' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:39 PM Wed 12 Jul 2000 Categories: Privacy , The Register
ISPs fly to continent to escape RIP - The Register

'Two more ISPs have threatened to up sticks and move their email systems overseas if the government goes ahead with its planned Web snooping plans.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:31 PM Tue 11 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Register
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
Drunks should fear RIP bill - The Register

'Tony Blair's brilliant plan to give the police the power to fine drunks 100 on the spot could provide the opportunity to show off the majesty of the government's email snooping bill.

If the pissed up punter hasn't got enough readies, the idea is that the cops will be entitled to escort them to the nearest cashpoint to withdraw the dosh.

This is where the mighty Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill could step in when it becomes law.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:17 PM Fri 30 Jun 2000 Categories: Reverse of burden of proof , The Register
Govt bows to RIP pressure - The Register

'The Government is expected to table amendments to its email snooping bill today in a bid to ease mounting opposition to the draft legislation. Yesterday, Home Office minister Charles Clarke gave assurances that the changes to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill would help allay people's fears over the draconian proposals.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:05 PM Tue 27 Jun 2000 Categories: The Register
Waugh hits out at RIP - The Register

'Yesterday, Auberon Waugh - one of the Telegraph's finest curmudgeons - took his pen to Home Secretary Jack Straw over the Government's handling of Net issues in his column Way of the World.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:30 PM Thu 22 Jun 2000 Categories: RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Register
RIP Bill needs 'a very big knife taking to it' - The Register

'The Government was today accused of damaging Britain's reputation overseas through its determination to gain snooping powers over the Net.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:25 PM Wed 21 Jun 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Events , The Register
Home Office kept busy defending RIP Bill - The Register

'Fielding opposition to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill is becoming a full-time job for the Home Office.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:41 PM Fri 16 Jun 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , The Register