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Scrambling for Safety 7

On 22 October, FIPR and PI held a public meeting to assess proposed government legislation to retain and snoop on information about the phone and Internet activity of everyone in the UK. The programme, photos from the event and notes from speakers are all below.

Simon Watkin and the Earl of Northesk Paul Boyle, DCA
Simon Watkin and the Earl of Northesk Paul Boyle, DCA
Beatrice Rogers, Intellect Richard Kitchen, DWP
Beatrice Rogers, Intellect Richard Kitchen, DWP


2.15pm — 5.15pm, Wednesday 22 October 2003

New Theatre, East Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2

Chair: Dr Simon Moores, Zentelligence

2.15pmOverview and analysis of the proposals
Simon Watkin, Home Office; Richard Clayton, FIPR [slides]
Q&A and discussion
2.50pmWho should be given surveillance powers?
Paul Boyle, Information Rights Division, Department for Constitutional Affairs; Bryan Lewin, Trading Standards Officer, Northamptonshire County Council; Richard Kitchen, Chief Investigation Officer, Department for Work and Pensions; Detective Inspector John Donovan, ACPO Data Communications Strategy Group
Q&A and discussion
3.45pmThe industry perspective
Beatrice Rogers, Intellect [notes]; Philip Virgo, IMIS [notes]
Q&A and discussion
4.15pmThe wider picture
Richard Allan MP; the Earl of Northesk
Q&A and discussion


Links and brief summaries of the regulations are available through Stand

The Home Office consultation documents:
Access to communications data
Voluntary retention of communications data

FIPR's Surveillance and security pages.

Privacy International's Wiretap pages.

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