Britain awake to the dangers of snooping

It was as recently as 2009 that David Cameron spoke of the perils of intrusive surveillance. “Today we’re in danger of living in a control state,” he warned. “The tentacles of the State can even rifle through your bins for juicy information”.

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Halloween Spooktacular

It seems apt that the Home Secretary, Theresa May, gave evidence to the Draft Communications Data Bill Committee on today of all days; Halloween. The "spooktacular" that is the Snoopers’ Charter deserves a place on any good Halloween line-up - containing, as it does, frightening proposals to stockpile large amounts of communications data indiscriminately; amounting to blanket surveillance of the whole country.

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Liberty at the Labour Party Conference

Welcoming a huge crowd of delegates to Liberty’s 2012 Labour fringe, Shami reminded the audience that Labour was the party of the hunger marchers, non discrimination law, and - to spontaneous applause - the Human Rights Act. Is there “Equality under the Law?” in 2012 she asked our panellists. And in front of packed a room in the Midland Hotel the panel gave their answers citing secret courts, legal aid cuts, Government surveillance plans and blacklisting of construction workers as threats and scandals that must be challenged.

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Back to school...

This week marked the return of Parliament and the Prime Minister's Cabinet shuffle, aimed at ending all "dithering". This is particularly pertinent when you consider some of the plans the Government are attempting to push through.

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Doing the shuffle

Ken Clarke may be a national treasure but so is Britain’s internationally-admired justice system. We hope that following today’s reshuffle he remains a staunch friend of the Human Rights Act and penal reform at the Cabinet table but also worry that his past positions on legal aid and secret courts leave a dangerous legacy for access to justice in our country.

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No Snoopers' Charter: Liberty's submission

“Today we’re in danger of living in a control state. Every month over 1,000 surveillance operations are carried out. The tentacles of the State can even rifle through your bins for juicy information.”

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Snoopers' Charter mythbusting

It’s no secret by now that the Government has decided to dust off and revive its predecessor’s plans for a Snoopers’ Charter. The Draft Communications Data Bill proposes to increase the collection and storage of “communications data” for the entire population. If it becomes law then records of all of our e-mails, texts, phone calls and the websites we visit will be gathered and kept hold of by private firms.

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Citizens, not suspects

With Parliament on its summer holiday and the small matter of the Olympic Games in town it’s not difficult to get distracted and overlook what else is going on. But we mustn’t forget that, when the politicians return, they’ll be picking up where they left off – and still seeking to revive the dreaded Snoopers’ Charter.

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Liberty AGM 2012

We were delighted with the outstanding attendance at our Members’ Conference and Annual General Meeting on Saturday. On the hottest weekend of the year to date, Liberty supporters from across the country did us proud by giving up their time to flock in droves to the event.

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Queen's Speech 2012: Privacy and Open Justice in the firing line but progress on Free Speech

09 May 2012

Today Liberty responded with dismay as plans for a new Snooper’s Charter and Secret Courts were included in this year’s Queen’s Speech. But it welcomed the proposed Defamation Bill as advancing freedom of speech.

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