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UK surveillance bill's controversial bulk powers to be reviewed

The UK government has agreed to an independent review of so called “bulk collection” — aka mass surveillance — powers in proposed new surveillance legislation, one of the most controversial elements of the Investigatory Powers bill which is currently before parliament. 947 more words


Stanford quantifies the privacy-stripping power of metadata

More proof, if proof were needed, of the privacy-stripping power of metadata. A multi-year crowdsourced study, conducted by Stanford scientists and published this week, underlines how much information can be inferred from basic phone logs cross-referenced with other public datasets. 992 more words


After spying on social media, UK spy agency GCHQ officially joins Twitter

It’s a sign of our massively surveilled times that spy agencies have realized the importance of maintaining an approachable public face in the digital realm where they now derive so much of their signal noise. 628 more words


The Conservatives promised to reverse the rise of the surveillance state; instead they are now its chief architect

In 2009 the Conservative Party issued a document entitled Reversing the Rise of the Surveillance State as part of its pitch for the 2010 election. Authored by Dominic Grieve and Eleanor Laing, it makes for fascinating reading in hindsight. 1,171 more words

Conservatives For Liberty

General Michael Hayden on the state of surveillance in America, presidential candidates and more

General Michael Hayden is no stranger to government — or to your data. As the former director of the NSA and the CIA, he oversaw controversial surveillance programs and had authority over some of the government’s most closely kept secrets.  938 more words