Legislation

US govt agents claim terrorist attacks will boost support for surveillance state

US govt agents claim terrorist attacks will boost support for surveillance state

Increasing terrorist attacks could help to boost public support for additional surveillance laws, according to law enforcement officials. In a story which first appeared in the Washington Post, many law and intelligence agencies claimed that while at present, many people do not support having their privacy eroded by government agencies, events such as the Philadelphia police shooting and the recent[Read More…]

The rise of ultra-nationalist president marks worrying trend for Turkey

The rise of ultra-nationalist president marks worrying trend for Turkey

A violent and repressive leader has recently risen to power in Turkey, in one of the most contentious elections seen in the country for some time. President Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP (Justice and Development Party) has been widely criticised for his reign of terror after threatening violence against those who did not vote for him. The press, political rivals and police[Read More…]

Facebook photos to be used in surveillance database

Facebook photos to be used in surveillance database

Australia said it will allow Facebook and Instagram photos to be used as part of its national surveillance database. Senior officials from the attorney general’s office have confirmed that the government are also monitoring Facebook photos. Some AUS$18.5 million (£8.62 million) will be spent on the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability database, which would retain still images that authorities could[Read More…]

Helen Reece

Academic says paedophiles should be allowed to adopt

Leading academic and barrister has defended the rights of paedophiles and other sex offenders to be able to adopt. Helen Reece, a reader in law at the London School of Economics has called upon Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to get rid of rules that automatically ban sex offenders from being eligible to adopt. In an attempt to justify this[Read More…]

Privacy at risk as Snoopers Charter is resurrected

Privacy at risk as Snoopers Charter is resurrected

The Snoopers Charter has been resurrected into British law, after plans to update communications data legislation were introduced in the Queen’s Speech on May 27th. Although the full details unveiled in the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill have yet to be revealed, it has been announced that the government plans to extend the scope of the bill beyond the previous version[Read More…]