Why we're part of a coalition of human rights organisations taking on the UK Government's mass surveillance regime

Next week brings a watershed moment in the battle to protect our privacy rights and the rule of law against mass government surveillance.

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Why Google DeepMind secretly gaining 1.6 million UK patient records is a human rights issue

There’s been a privacy scandal unravelling behind the scenes in the NHS for the last 18 months. You might be affected – and you wouldn’t even know.

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A free press is the beating heart of our democracy – don't let the Government stifle it

Yesterday Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published its annual World Press Freedom Index.

It made for grim reading. The UK is down two more places in the rankings, having slipped 12 over the past five years.

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The Snoopers' Charter has almost passed - but this isn't the end of the road

Today, MPs have a final chance to voice their opposition to the Investigatory Powers Bill – or Snoopers’ Charter.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: Government has set review of bulk powers an impossible task

Anything less than a thorough, comprehensive and procedurally irreproachable review will do a disservice to this important public debate. But, by undermining due process from the start, the Government has set the panel what looks like an impossible task.

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A review of the bulk powers in the Snoopers' Charter is welcome - but the Government must get it right

After consistent lobbying by the Labour party and Liberty, Home Secretary Theresa May has finally announced that there will be a review of bulk powers.
 
The Government’s outgoing Reviewer of Terror Legislation, David Anderson QC, is to conduct a review of practices first revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden that Government is now seeking to retrospectively legitimise via powers contained the Snoopers’ Charter. 

The news has been given a cautious welcome at Liberty HQ. 

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Government appeals High Court judgment that ruled DRIPA surveillance legislation unlawful

22 October 2015

The Government’s appeal against a High Court judgment that ruled its surveillance legislation unlawful will be heard today and tomorrow (22 and 23 October). The Government is challenging the July 2015 ruling, which upheld a challenge to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson, represented by Liberty. 

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Blanket surveillance - everything you need to know

Today, in a victory for the battle against blanket surveillance, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has ruled that GCHQ – the UK’s eavesdropping agency – has unlawfully intercepted and accessed the private communications of human rights groups.

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“Undemocratic, unnecessary and – in the long run – intolerable”: Government reviewer condemns Britain’s snooping laws

11 June 2015

Liberty has welcomed the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation’s call for a fundamental overhaul of the laws governing State surveillance.

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Liberty responds to ISC report on mass surveillance

12 March 2015

Responding to the Intelligence and Security Committee report on mass surveillance, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti said:

“The ISC has repeatedly shown itself as a simple mouthpiece for the spooks – so clueless and ineffective that it’s only thanks to Edward Snowden that it had the slightest clue of the agencies’ antics."

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