Snooper’s Charter Will Be Challenged In The High Court

Human rights group Liberty has been given permission to challenge part of the government's Investigatory Powers Act in court. The act, which is often referred to as the Snoopers' Charter will force ISPs and telecoms companies to retain records of phone calls and visits to websites for a year. Read More >>

The Snooper’s Charter Has Been Paused Thanks to That EU Court Ruling

Thanks to a ruling by the European Court of Justice back in December, the government has hit the pause button on the controversial Investigatory Powers Bill - better known as the Snooper's Charter. Read More >>

Investigatory Powers Challengers Raise Cash to Question the Government

The crowdfunding campaign by Liberty & The Civil Liberties Trust to pull together money to challenge the Investigatory Powers Act -- or Snoopers' Charter -- has been a roaring success, with the £10k target being hit in less than a day. Read More >>

All Your Internet Are Belong to Theresa May and the IP Bill

The old cliché is that a week is a long time in politics. In the case of the three weeks since the referendum, there has been enough shocking news to last a geological epoch. But now we have a new prime minister, Theresa May, who will be installed in Downing Street on Wednesday evening. All of the Brexit chaos aside, it also means that almost inevitably the first casualty of her prime ministry is our digital freedoms as we’re just weeks away from granting the state even more legal powers to spy on every single one of us. With May as PM, we’re now in a world where NSA-style bulk surveillance – the type that Edward Snowden warned us about – is inevitable. Read More >>

Government Hoping Investigatory Powers Bill v2.0 is Toned-Down Enough to Stick

The revised Investigatory Powers Bill is set to be unveiled today, with the ministers behind it hopeful that their tweaked version will be accepted in parliament and introduced in practice before the end of the year. Read More >>

GCHQ is More Than Likely Secretly Monitoring Our Financial and Medical Records

Theresa May seems to think it’s absolutely fine for the government to secretly collect our data, yet still believe that telling us what sort of information we’re powerless to stop being hoovered up would be madness. The home secretary this week refused to confirm or deny whether the UK’s secret services have been accessing people’s financial and medical records, saying she didn’t want to "go down the route of giving information about the sort of data sets that are being acquired.” Read More >>

These Are the World’s Biggest Problems With the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

The country's own defence and security industry has told MPs that the Snooper's Charter, AKA the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, is already looking like it'll be partially outdated before it arrives, thanks to the speed at which our tech landscape is evolving. Read More >>

David Cameron Believes You Should be Snooped On (Even if You Obey the Law)

“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'. It's often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that's helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance. Read More >>

MPs Want to Force Edited “Snooper’s Charter” Through ASAP

A cross-party group of MPs wants to revive the broken husk of the old so-called Snooper's Charter, with a view to getting an amended version put into the law books as part of the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill before the election this May. Read More >>

Nick Clegg Flexes Miniature Muscle to Kick Out “Snooper’s Charter”

The usually tame Mr Clegg has gone red-faced with fury over the coalition's plan to introduce the so-called Snooper's Charter, using a radio interview to stress that he won't let the Data Communications Bill pass as long as he has a stapler with his name on it inside the government offices. Read More >>

The Deputy PM Lays Down the Law Over Digital Snooper Charter

Our erstwhile Deputy PM, Nick Clegg, is NOT HAPPY about the "snooper's charter" bill that our Conservative overlords want to foist on us. In no uncertain terms, he's informed the Home Secretary herself that "we cannot proceed with this bill and we have to go back to the drawing board". Them's fighting words, boy. Read More >>

Wikipedia Sticks Two Fingers Up to UK Snooper’s Charter With a Spot of Encryption

Wikipedia's big boss Jimmy Wales has warned that the site will start treating the UK like a war-torn police state, encrypting all data sent here should the government push ahead with its so-called Snooper's Charter. Read More >>