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The state's sorry record of self control

Britain has a truly rubbish history of protecting our natural freedoms, especially where new technologies are involved.

So the taxman wants to sell your personal data to commercial concerns, and may only be stopped by a Guardian data campaign or another democracy-busting last stand by the House of Lords. 422 more words


Secrecy loves irony: the NSA's agony aunt and Snowden hits the conferences

Anybody getting hot under the collar about the US National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s GCHQ getting all buddy buddy and exchanging everyone’s personal information and undermining the integrity of the internet, it’s time you lightened up. 655 more words


First, GCHQ and communications; next, the NHS and #caredata; now, HMRC and taxpayers - see a pattern, anyone?

I’m going to start, perhaps unwisely, with a cliché today.  For all the following – GCHQ’s spying on our communications for our greater security, the pseudonymising of our doctor-patient relationship for our better health and, now, the… 613 more words


A World Of Whistleblowers

We live increasingly in a world of whistleblowers.  Although they’ve been around in one form or another for decades, the latest generation have pretty much taken center stage. 870 more words

What happens when you ask GCHQ for the data they hold about you?

A few weeks ago I asked GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) to send me any information they held about me as part of their Optic Nerve… 299 more words

Empowering People & Communities

New Banksy? Mural near GCHQ

(By Jonathan Haynes/The Guardian) The guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy is believed to be behind an artwork which has appeared on the side of a house in Cheltenham. 129 more words


Joining the dots – Why does GCHQ exist?

Within the last 12 months there has been a significant increase in information broadcasted relating to GCHQ.  This article highlights the nature of the Government Communication Head Quarter’s work and their relationship with their US counterparts – The NSA. 1,014 more words