January 2007 Archives

The influential tabloid newspaper The Sun, had an interesting report yesterday, with the front page headline

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We have been commenting on the implications these sort of "see through your Children's clothes" imaging systems for some time- see our archive Passive Millimetre Wave Radar or other "see under your clothes" imaging

See also, specifically, Lampposts in the 21st Century

The Sun has an article on Page 9, illustrated with "naked" pseudo images of adult volunteers from the US manufacturers of one model of this sort of equipment, which are about 4 years old (according to the EXIF meta data copyright info in the online images) . Today's and future versions of this equipment could provide even more detailed images, at longer range.
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You are undie surveillance

By GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON
Political Editor
January 29, 2007


OFFICIALS are bracing themselves for a storm of public outrage over their controversial X-ray cameras scheme.

As part of the most shocking extension of Big Brother powers ever planned here, lenses in lampposts would snap “naked” pictures of passers-by to trap terror suspects.

The proposal is contained in leaked documents drawn up by the Home Office and presented to PM Tony Blair’s working group on Security, Crime and Justice.


More "denials" from the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) about the Number 10. Downing Street email systems this Monday morning: Morning press briefing from 29 January 2007

We have to agree with Guido Fawkes that the "denials" by the PMOS come across as incredibly defensive and evasive.

The PMOS claims that the Police have been given full access to, the presumably ".x.gsi.gov.uk" email system, as explained in our previous blog article

Have the Police really been given full access to the logfiles regarding hotmail or internal Labour Party email gateway etc. access via the Pipex internet router allocated to the Prime Minister's Office, which is separate from the Energis run Government Secure Intranet, the existence of which appears to contradict the PMOS' claims today ?

How exactly are employers meant to check the biometric details of immigrants under the new UK Borders Bill ?

Home Office Immigration Minister Liam Byrne was busy spinning a line to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, the newspapers, and to the TV news like BBC News 24, Sky News etc. on Friday morning, about how his new UK Borders Bill would somehow clamp down on illegal immigration and illegal working. See this Bloomberg New report:

Liam Byrne claimed that employers had told him over the last 3 or 4 months, that they were willing to see higher penalties for illegally employing an illegal immigrant, but that the current state of affairs whereby "up to 60 different documents" were acceptable as proof of the right to work in the UK as too complicated. This is true.

However his proposed Bill which introduces, in Biometric registration of legal immigrants who apply for visas etc, demanding fingerprints and / or iris scans (which now seem to have been dropped from the National Identity Register plans as too complicated or expensive), will not solve this problem.

All that it will do is to create up to 61 acceptable documents !

There is no way under this Bill, for an employer rather than an Immigration official or Policeman, to check the fingerprints of someone applying for a job.

Political blogger Guido Fawkes asks about the business of "x.gsi.gov.uk" mail accounts" at No. 10 Downing Street.

The Number 10 Downing Street morning press briefing on Friday 26th January 2007:

Police Investigation

Asked if there was any secret e-mail system in the Prime Minister's Office, the PMOS said, as we had said last night, there was no secret e-mail system, there was full cooperation with the police, there was no e-mail as described on ITV news last night, and as we had said, the police had not asked us about any of these matters. Asked why the PMOS was now commenting on this investigation, the PMOS said this was so wrong it would have been totally misleading not to comment.

Asked if there had been any arrests of people in Downing Street, the PMOS said no. Asked if there were a separate e-mail address such as some using the letter X and some not, the PMOS said no. Asked if people had 'Hotmail' accounts at Downing Street, the PMOS said because of security access to such e-mails accounts was not allowed. The police had had full access to everything they wanted. The fallacy was that in someway Downing Street had not cooperated with the police, that was not true.

We would have expected Lobby Journalists to be better informed about UK Government email systems.

For clarity:

We have now had a reply to our Freedom of Information Act Request "Cabinet Office - missing RIPA Commissioner Annual Reports for 2005", less than 4 hours after our reminder email actually got through to the new Cabinet Office FOI Team.

We had expected the Cabinet Office to simply confirm that they had the two documents, and that they would be published soon, so therefore the Freedom of Information Act 1998 Section 22: Information Intended For Future Publication Exemption, would apply.

Instead, the reply from the Cabinet office states:

I am writing to advise you that following a search, I have established that the information you requested is not held by this Department. I can inform you, however, that the reports will be published in due course. When received, they will be laid before each House of Parliament by the Prime Minister in accordance with the provisions of the Regulatory and Investigatory Powers Act.

The mystery deepens, so here is some speculation:

No more Openness at the Cabinet Office

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It appears that the concept of Openness at the Cabinet Office has vanished from sight.

The previous contact details for submitting a Freedom of Information Act request, either to the Cabinet Office or to the Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street:

Openness Team
Cabinet Office
Room 4.45
Admiralty Arch
The Mall
London SW1A 2WH

Email: Openness.Team@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

seems to have vanished.

Our reminder email today, regarding this Freedom of Information Act request "Cabinet Office - missing RIPA Commissioner Annual Reports for 2005" which has not been replied to after the statutory 20 working days (even allowing for the Christmas and New Year public holidays) came back with this AutoReply:

Subject: Out of Office AutoReply:
From: Openness.Team@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

This mailbox is no longer in use. This message has not been forwarded and has been deleted.

[...]

Surely the old email address should be forwarding messages to the new one, for a reasonable period of time ? The Out of Office reply message could easily have included the new contact details.

There is now a "secret" Cabinet Office Freedom of Information Act contact details web page dated 16/01/2007:

The Independent has an article about a Metropolitan Police Service report on "e-crime".

4 January 2007 16:38

Police struggling to cope with rise of cyber-crime
By Jason Bennetto, Crime Correspondent
Published: 24 January 2007

Police cannot cope with the huge rise in cyber-crime, such as computer viruses, fraud and the online grooming of children, Scotland Yard has admitted. And the scale of the problem has become so large that not all allegations can be investigated.

Chief constables are lobbying for funding to set up a national "e-crime" squad to help deal with the growing number of offences, which are costing individuals and the country millions of pounds.

So what happened to the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, which was supposed to do this ?

It got submereged into the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which, unlike say the FBI in the USA, refuses to make it easy for the public to contact them, even to receive tip offs or intelligence. This is especially so regarding computer crimes, something which we noted when SOCA was launched formally in April 2006.

See: "Serious Organised Crime Agency website launch signals a very low priority for Computer Crime"

According to today's report in The Times, SOCA is not communicating as it should with Customs, even regarding its top priority, the investigation of organised gangs of Class A drugs smugglers.

Is London's Metropolitan Police Service actually currently registered under the Data Protection Act 1998?

It does not appear that the Metropolitan Police Service is currently registered under the Data Protection Act, at least according to the Information Commissioner's public search form

The Opposition spokesmen in Parliament are starting to ask Questions about the non-publication of the will publish the Annual Reports for 2005 i.e. not last year, but the previous year, of the Interception of Communications Commissioner and the Intelligence Service Commissioner.

Given that all of the various Commissioner's Annual Reports under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 Part IV are censored so as not reveal any sensitive national security or personal information in public, what possible reason is there for this delay ?

Is there something in these two independent Reports which is politically sensitive which the Labour Government is trying to hide ?

If there is nothing sinister or embarrassing to hide, then why fuel conspiracy theories and further reduce the level of public trust in the accountability and oversight of the vast powers of state surveillance ?

If these two Reports are to be suppressed indefinitely, then the two current RIPA Commissioners, Rt. Hon. Sir Paul Kennedy the Interception of Communications Commissioner and Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Gibson the Intelligence Services Commissioner should consider their positions and resign, as the system is not providing even the minimal level of public scrutiny which is laid down by the Act.

How accurate is this report in the Sunday Mirror tabloid newspaper ?:

21 January 2007
JON GETS THE JOB AS MI5 BOSS
By Vincent Moss Political Editor

THE SPY who has led Britain's fight against al-Qaeda terrorists is to become head of MI5 - the job held by fictional "M" in the James Bond films.

The fictional "M" in the James Bond films is not the head of the Security Service MI5, but rather of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6.

Is this a "blame it on the sub-editors" error ?

Jonathan Evans will replace Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller who retires as director general of the security service next April.

Why is the Sunday Mirror apparently this week's favoured recipient of such an anonymous Government briefing ? Tabloid Sunday newspapers usually have access to official contacts within Whitehall, and no other names as likely candidates for the job seem to have been mentioned by the rest of the mainstream media.

The Sunday Telegraph has a misleading headline:

Honours probe police hacked No10 computers

By Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter and Patrick Hennessy, Political Editor, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:04am GMT 21/01/2007

Detectives in the cash-for-honours inquiry were forced to "hack" into Downing Street computers in the search for evidence, The Sunday Telegraph has discovered.

Police used computer experts to obtain confidential material, and are also believed to have approached Number 10's internet suppliers to gain access to government email records.


Serious Crime Bill published in the Lords

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The first legislative assault on our freedoms and liberties in 2007 has started off in the House of Lords, with the publication of the Serious Crime Bill

Some initial impressions, more detail later, if we can summon up the willpower:

No doubt more speculation and some more actual details will emerge from the trial of the six men who are in court over the failed July 21st 2005 bomb attacks on the London Tube and Bus system.

Panic during the ensuing manhunt, led to the shooting to death of the innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes by the Metropolitan Police.

The Times reports a few details of the home made bombs:

The Times January 16, 2007

How high street ingredients 'could become weapons for mass murder'
Sean O'Neill

The ingredients of the July 21 bombs were acquired in the high street and required little more than a rudimentary knowledge of chemistry to make up. The shopping list of the alleged bombers included hydrogen peroxide — widely used in hairdressing — chapati flour, nail polish remover (acetone), sulphuric acid, batteries, torch bulbs, electrical wires, cardboard and half a dozen food storage tubs, Woolwich Crown Court was told yesterday.

MI5 the Security Service, have a statement on the What's New page on their website:

The Security Service does not have a Press Office and does not comment on intelligence matters. The Home Office issues statements relating to our work from time to time...

Why then, is the Cabinet Office handling the media spin over the MI5 email subscription data affair ? Home Secretary John Reid is the man who is meant to be politically responsible for any MI5 "not fit for purpose" issues, but the Home Office Press Office somehow seem to have managed to land the Cabinet Office with the job of trying to put a brave face on it.

According to the BBC:

Alert system dubbed a 'shambles'

By Mark Ward
Technology Correspondent, BBC News website
Last Updated: Monday, 15 January 2007, 13:19 GMT

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A spokeswoman for the Cabinet Office said the changes made to the service, including bringing the data to the UK, were due to happen before SpyBlog investigated. This was to help cope with the large numbers of people signing up.

Approximately how many people have apparently signed up for this insecure service then ?

"Moving the data to the UK will enable faster e-mail delivery to subscribers,

How much faster exactly ? It may only take a fraction of a second longer for an email to be sent from, say Seattle to London than from London to London. It could even be faster, for many internet users.

most of whom are in the UK

This email subscription list data should never have left the United Kingdom in the first place.

What about the millions of UK internet users with say, hotmail.com or yahoo,com or gmail.com or aol.com email accounts, all hosted in the USA ?

and will enable the Security Service to use Mailtrack's latest technology." said a statement issued by the Cabinet Office.

This should have been installed and tested on an adequate number and specification of UK Government hosted machines to cope with the anticipated demand, and sanity checked for security and privacy vulnerabilities during the formal accreditation process required for connection to the Government Secure Intranet to Internet email gateways, used by UK Central Government Departments, before the system was launched to the public last Tuesday.

Does this wording imply that the Security Service has actually signed a contract with MailTrack this time ?

The Cabinet Office said: "We are confident that the technical arrangements for this service are entirely compliant with the Data Protection Act".

They may be compliant now that the system seems to be entirely within the United Kingdom, but they were in breach of the Data Protection Act from last Tuesday until Friday night.

We have written to the Information Commissioner about the Data Protection issues, and about what happens to the data and the webserver logfiles which are in the USA.

We have also written (but not via email !) to the Intelligence and Security Committee, who are meant to scrutinise MI5 on our behalf, and who were the ones who suggested a more open and less complicated Terror Threat Level status system in the first place.

The Mail on Sunday has published a misleading article about the data protection scandal of the MI5 email subscription list for Terror Alert Status changes and MI5 website news updates, launched with so much hype on Tuesday, and which Spy Blog was embarrassed to discover was so unnecessarily insecure.

See: "MI5 e-mail alert sign up shambles - all email subscription web forms sent to the USA, without encryption"
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N.B.. There have been lots of media and blog stories claiming that the system sends out "terror alerts", implying specific terrorist threat warnings, but that is simply not the case.

MI5 terror alert blunder sends private data to US mailshot firm

By JASON LEWIS - Last updated at 21:02pm on 13th January 2007

The Mail on Sunday article did not bother to try to contact Spy Blog for any comments, instead preferring to use the phrase "The Mail on Sunday can reveal..."

However, in their interview with David Geller, the president of the US firm WhatCounts Inc, which they also publish photos of David Geller and his wife, and they make a point about saying that she is Iranian, mention their young child and their home town and style of house where they live !

They also imply that his company has links with the CIA, simply because it does work for the Voice of America radio station. The same could be said of any company which does business with the BBC World Service.

The claim that Mrs. Geller (who is specifically named by the Mail on Sunday)

a public relations executive, describes her interests as Iran, travel and cooking and gives her home town as Tehran.

obviously comes from web surfing her online digital photography albums on the Flickr website.

There is no suggestion that the Gellers have any links to the Iranian regime which has been named as part of the axis of evil by President Bush for its sponsorship of international terrorism.

There simply was no such suggestion until the Mail on Sunday just made it !

In what way are those personal family details at all relevant to a story, in which WhatCounts.com is no longer really involved, since, as of Friday evening, the MI5 system has been changed, as we reported, in our previous blog article "MI5 e-mail list subscriptions now more secure than at launch"

Sometime on Friday evening, the MI5 e-mail list subscription service has been modified from the shambolic version which was launched on Tuesday evening (see "MI5 e-mail alert signup shambles - all email subscription web forms sent to the USA, without encryption")

The e-mail list subscription service no longer seems to send your personal data to the USA in an unencrypted format, but it is still not being hosted entirely on secure UK Government IT infrastructure.

However, signing up this way, no longer gets you an email confirmation immediately, you will now have to wait "a few days". Will the terrorists also wait ?

There has been no indication of an update to the website on its front page, which still claims "Updated 9.1.07 17:00"

There has been no new news item on the What's New page, and so, it is not surprising that there has not been an email message to those people who have already subscribed to the MI5 website news update e-mail list.

The links to the web form

http://www.mi5.gov.uk/output/Page575.html

now take you to an SSL / TLS encrypted web page

https://www.mi5.gov.uk/output/Page575.html

You can now register "anonymously"

To subscribe, enter your e-mail address and, optionally, your name in the form below and press the "Subscribe" button. You can register anonymously if you wish, but providing your name (or a user name of some description) will enable us to help you more effectively if you report a problem with your subscription.

There is also now an extra paragraph at the bottom of the page :

Security

Your subscription details will be sent over a secure Internet connection via a Secure Socket Layer (SSL), a protocol used for secure communications over the Internet. Web addresses that begin with "https" indicate that an SSL connection will be used.

Hooray ! This uses the already installed Digital Certificate for the www.mi5.gov.uk website, which was already being used for an SSL encrypted web form.

So far, so good, but why could this not have been done on Tuesday when the service was launched ?

So where is this e-mail list sign up web form being processed this time ?

The Health Protection Agency has, belatedly, started to give some quantitative estimates of the radiation doses detected in the urine samples of the people who are feared to have been slightly contaminated with Polonium-210, following the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko.

Why could these figures not have been released in November, when they could have reduced the amount of "radioactive dirty bomb" hype and media spin ?

There is a bit more background explanation in their Dose Assessment (.pdf) document, but the Health Protection Agency still gives no indication of the amount of Polonium-210 that Alexander Litvinenko was was killed with, or how much may have been smuggled into the United Kingdom.

There is no indication as to how Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned i.e. by drink, by food, by inhalation or injection etc.

There are still no estimates of how much Polonium-210 may still be in the hotels, bars, restaurants, aeroplanes and other vehicles etc, where traces have been detected.

The Analytical Procedure for testing the urine samples for 210Po (.pdf) seems to require at least a litre of urine per sample !

What a shambles over the heavily hyped "MI5 e-mail alert system", which failed to be available on Tuesday morning, as was implied in the media, but which has appeared on Tuesday evening, with all the appearance of a rushed job !

Astonishingly, MI5, the Security Service, part of whose remit is supposed to be giving protection advice against electronic attacks over the internet, is sending all our personal details (forename, surname and email address) unencrypted to commercial third party e-mail marketing and tracking companies which are physically and legally in the jurisdiction of the United States of America, and is even not bothering to make use of the SSL / TLS encrypted web forms and processing scripts which are already available to them.

Is this evidence of a rush job, to satisfy the demands of the Home Office spin doctors or is it incompetence, or indifference to the privacy and security of the general public ?

The well informed, or well briefed or leaked to, David Leppard in the Sunday Times has a story about Serious Organised Crime investigations, which does not bother to mention the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)

The Sunday Times January 07, 2007

Taxman to get bugging and phone-tap powers

David Leppard

TAX inspectors are to be given new powers allowing them to tap taxpayers' telephones and plant bugs inside their homes and offices.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) says its inspectors need such covert surveillance to tackle the growing threat from organised and white-collar crime.

SOCA started to be set up two and a half years ago, and became fully operational in April 2006. It specifically combined the investigative branch of what was then Her Majesty's Customs and Excise, with the National Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Service, and is supposed to be targeting Serious Organised crime, including money laundering etc.

It has all the possible powers of secret surveillance of every sort permitted under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 e.g. intrusive planting of electronic bugging devices in premises (which may involve actually breaking into them in secret), tracking devices in vehicles, interception of phone calls, emails, internet access, letter and parcel post, communications traffic data etc, as well as powers of search, arrest, and even financial assets seizure via the Assets Recovery Agency.

What possible excuse is there for the renamed, merged Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue, to demand such powers for tax inspectors, under the pretext of tackling "organised crime gangs" ?

HMRC should be supplying SOCA with any necessary tax records, after appropriate permission has been sought and authorised, and they should leave the investigation of such gangs to SOCA, who are probably also investigating the very same people for drugs smuggling or human trafficking crimes etc.

If HMRC and SOCA are not working together efficiently, then senior heads need to roll.

If the tax evasion investigation is not serious enough to justify the involvement of SOCA, then it is not serious enough to justify intrusive surveillance and electronic or postal interception either.

WikiLeaks.org makes some bold claims:

WikiLeaks is developing an uncensorable version of WikiPedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary targets are highly oppressive regimes in China, Russia, central eurasia, the middle east and sub-saharan Africa, but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the west who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own governments and corporations. We aim for maximum political impact; this means our interface is identical to Wikipedia and usable by non-technical people. We have received over 1.1 million documents so far. We plan to numerically eclipse the content the english wikipedia with leaked documents.

Martin Stabe and Secrecy News have serious reservations about the scheme.

Some obvious questions which spring to mind about wikileaks.org:

There are several bits of UK legislation which specifically grant powers to a constable in uniform, and not to undercover policemen etc. most notably, the controversial Terrorism Act 2000 section 44 Authorisations.

Power to stop and search

44. - (1) An authorisation under this subsection authorises any constable in uniform to stop a vehicle in an area or at a place specified in the authorisation and to search-

(a) the vehicle;
(b) the driver of the vehicle;
(c) a passenger in the vehicle;
(d) anything in or on the vehicle or carried by the driver or a passenger.

(2) An authorisation under this subsection authorises any constable in uniform to stop a pedestrian in an area or at a place specified in the authorisation and to search-

(a) the pedestrian;
(b) anything carried by him
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A "constable in uniform" has a clearly visible Number on his or her shoulders, which can be used by members of the public to help to ascertain whether or not this is a genuine police officer, and to file complaints against any alleged misconduct by such an policeman.

However, when the Police start wearing Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear protection suits, gloves and facemasks, several thousand of which appear to be in the process of being procured by the Home Office, none of these normal identifiers are readily visible to the public.

Does wearing such protective equipment mean that a policeman is in no longer legally a Constable in Uniform ?

There is still no offical quantitative estimate of the the amount of Polonium-210 involved in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko and the subsequent "radioactive contamination" scares.

See: "So exactly how much Polonium-210 radiological contamination is there, following the murder of Alexander Litvinenko ?"

The Health Protection Agency now claims that another 2 people have been contaminated with "low levels" of Polonium-210, but still provides no quantiative estimates, for the amount of Polonium or the amount of radioactivity detected.

HPA Update Statement: 3 January 2007, Update on public health issues related to Polonium-210 incident

  • There are therefore now 12 samples from people associated with different sites which have shown exposure to low levels of Polonium-210 which are not significant enough to result in any illness in the short term and any increased risk in the long term is likely to be very small

  • A further 536 urine samples tested so far by the Agency have found nothing of concern – i.e. no health concerns

The Government has, however, scrapped one of their new anti-smoking campaign TV adverts, which focussed on Polonium-210 naturally concentrated in cigarette smoke, alongside other, more prevalent poisons.

Is the level of contamination greater or less than the tiny amount found in cigarette smoke ?

Presumably, based entirely on the tabloid hysteria and "climate of fear" spin, rather than on any actual increase in the risk from radioactive contamination, the Home Office is also procuring several thousand radiation protection suits for the Police (not for any health workers or the general public) and chemical, biological and radiological or nuclear resistant body bags

The Government tender notifications announcements for these items in the European Journal (where large Government contracts are advertised electronically throughout the European Union) were spotted by UK Daily Pundit, a UK political blog, and the story then made its way into the mainstream media.

Is former MI6 officer Richard Tomlinson, whose evidence and opinions featured recently in the Operation Paget report into the death of Princess Diana, going to be arrested again ?

He is rightly demanding that at least a copy of his own private data, taken from the computer equipment seized more than 6 months ago when he was arrested in France, and then released without charge, should be returned to him by the British Police.

His threat to inform the local police in an allied country, about a Secret Intelligence Service MI6 intelligence asset, does seem to be set to cause further trouble of some sort:

I have now contacted and identified myself to the police force of a certain democratic country which is an ally of the United Kingdom. I have informed them that I know the identify of a senior official in their country who has been breaking the laws of that country for many years by selling their state secrets to MI6.

I plan to give them the name of this person to the police tomorrow. This is not illegal under French law, where I reside.

I have informed the British Special Branch police and the Treasury Solicitor.

He does not yet seem to be planning to make the name public, only to inform the police, who could, of course, already be aware of the name.

It is unclear if this morsel of information is known to Tomlinson as a result of his former MI6 career, which has been over for several years, or if it has come to his attention since then.

How effective is this potential whistleblowing protection technique, mentioned in his "Reply from the police" posting ?

In the meantime, in order to reduce the possibility that they might try to arrest me or kill me, I have set up an email program to send the identity of the criminal in question to the other police force at a time interval of about twelve hours in the future. I have to reset the timer personally to stop the information going out.

Is there now a behind the scenes rush to clamp down and block, or at least snoop on Richard Tomlinson's French internet service provider traffic from the south of France ?

Is anybody experiencing mysterious internet problems in the south of France at the moment ?

Or will the swift moving Whitehall and Police bureaucracy leap into rapid action immediately after a public holiday, and send him a copy of his own private data as he demands ?

Surely MI6 and the Treasury Solicitor should not be wasting scare public money and manpower resources on harassing Richard Tomlinson ? How is it making the UK any safer ?

More details on Richard Tomlinson's blog MI6 v Tomlinson (it's back!)

Austrian filmaker Nino Leitner seems to have managed to interview some of the leading experts in the UK in his film:

Every Step You Take

A one-hour documentary about video surveillance in Britain.

There is is trailer available via Google on his blog:

EveryStepYouTake.org

Will any UK tv channel broadcast it ?

[hat tip via email from Herb]

About this blog

This United Kingdom based blog attempts to draw public attention to, and comments on, some of the current trends in ever cheaper and more widespread surveillance technology being deployed to satisfy the rapacious demand by state and corporate bureaucracies and criminals for your private details, and the technological ignorance of our politicians and civil servants who frame our legal systems.

The hope is that you the readers, will help to insist that strong safeguards for the privacy of the individual are implemented, especially in these times of increased alert over possible terrorist or criminal activity. If the systems which should help to protect us can be easily abused to supress our freedoms, then the terrorists will have won.

We know that there are decent, honest, trustworthy individual politicians, civil servants, law enforcement, intelligence agency personnel and broadcast, print and internet journalists etc., who often feel powerless or trapped in the system. They need the assistance of external, detailed, informed, public scrutiny to help them to resist deliberate or unthinking policies, which erode our freedoms and liberties.

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Our PGP public encryption key is available for those correspondents who wish to send us news or information in confidence, and also for those of you who value your privacy, even if you have got nothing to hide.

Current PGP Key ID: 0xA165A29480CFAA4C which will expire on 6th September 2014.

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You can download a free copy of the PGP encryption software from www.pgpi.org
(available for most of the common computer operating systems, and also in various Open Source versions like GPG)

We look forward to the day when UK Government Legislation, Press Releases and Emails etc. are Digitally Signed so that we can be assured that they are not fakes. Trusting that the digitally signed content makes any sense, is another matter entirely.

Hints and Tips for Whistleblowers and Political Dissidents

Please take the appropriate precautions if you are planning to blow the whistle on shadowy and powerful people in Government or commerce, and their dubious policies. The mainstream media and bloggers also need to take simple precautions to help preserve the anonymity of their sources e.g. see Spy Blog's Hints and Tips for Whistleblowers - or use this easier to remember link: http://ht4w.co.uk

BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

Digital Security & Privacy for Human Rights Defenders manual, by Irish NGO Frontline Defenders.

Everyone’s Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship for Citizens Worldwide (.pdf - 31 pages), by the Citizenlab at the University of Toronto.

Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents - March 2008 version - (2.2 Mb - 80 pages .pdf) by Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Guide to Covering the Beijing Olympics by Human Rights Watch.

A Practical Security Handbook for Activists and Campaigns (v 2.6) (.doc - 62 pages), by experienced UK direct action political activists

Anonymous Blogging with Wordpress & Tor - useful step by step guide with software configuration screenshots by Ethan Zuckerman at Global Voices Advocacy. (updated March 10th 2009 with the latest Tor / Vidalia bundle details)

Links

Watching Them, Watching Us

London 2600

Our UK Freedom of Information Act request tracking blog

WikiLeak.org - ethical and technical discussion about the WikiLeaks.org project for anonymous mass leaking of documents etc.

Privacy and Security

Privacy International
United Kingdom Privacy Profile (2011)

Cryptome - censored or leaked government documents etc.

Identity Project report by the London School of Economics
Surveillance & Society the fully peer-reviewed transdisciplinary online surveillance studies journal

Statewatch - monitoring the state and civil liberties in the European Union

The Policy Laundering Project - attempts by Governments to pretend their repressive surveillance systems, have to be introduced to comply with international agreements, which they themselves have pushed for in the first place

International Campaign Against Mass Surveillance

ARCH Action Rights for Children in Education - worried about the planned Children's Bill Database, Connexions Card, fingerprinting of children, CCTV spy cameras in schools etc.

Foundation for Information Policy Research
UK Crypto - UK Cryptography Policy Discussion Group email list

Technical Advisory Board on internet and telecomms interception under RIPA

European Digital Rights

Open Rights Group - a UK version of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a clearinghouse to raise digital rights and civil liberties issues with the media and to influence Governments.

Digital Rights Ireland - legal case against mandatory EU Comms Data Retention etc.

Blindside - "What’s going to go wrong in our e-enabled world? " blog and wiki and Quarterly Report will supposedly be read by the Cabinet Office Central Sponsor for Information Assurance. Whether the rest of the Government bureaucracy and the Politicians actually listen to the CSIA, is another matter.

Biometrics in schools - 'A concerned parent who doesn't want her children to live in "1984" type society.'

Human Rights

Liberty Human Rights campaigners

British Institute of Human Rights
Amnesty International
Justice

Prevent Genocide International

asboconcern - campaign for reform of Anti-Social Behavior Orders

Front Line Defenders - Irish charity - Defenders of Human Rights Defenders

Internet Censorship

OpenNet Initiative - researches and measures the extent of actual state level censorship of the internet. Features a blocked web URL checker and censorship map.

Committee to Protect Bloggers - "devoted to the protection of bloggers worldwide with a focus on highlighting the plight of bloggers threatened and imprisoned by their government."

Reporters without Borders internet section - news of internet related censorship and repression of journalists, bloggers and dissidents etc.

Judicial Links

British and Irish Legal Information Institute - publishes the full text of major case Judgments

Her Majesty's Courts Service - publishes forthcoming High Court etc. cases (but only in the next few days !)

House of Lords - The Law Lords are currently the supreme court in the UK - will be moved to the new Supreme Court in October 2009.

Information Tribunal - deals with appeals under FOIA, DPA both for and against the Information Commissioner

Investigatory Powers Tribunal - deals with complaints about interception and snooping under RIPA - has almost never ruled in favour of a complainant.

Parliamentary Opposition

The incompetent yet authoritarian Labour party have not apologised for their time in Government. They are still not providing any proper Opposition to the current Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition government, on any freedom or civil liberties or privacy or surveillance issues.

UK Government

Home Office - "Not fit for purpose. It is inadequate in terms of its scope, it is inadequate in terms of its information technology, leadership, management systems and processes" - Home Secretary John Reid. 23rd May 2006. Not quite the fount of all evil legislation in the UK, but close.

No. 10 Downing Street Prime Minister's Official Spindoctors

Public Bills before Parliament

United Kingdom Parliament
Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons.

House of Commons "Question Book"

UK Statute Law Database - is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online, but it is not yet up to date.

FaxYourMP - identify and then fax your Member of Parliament
WriteToThem - identify and then contact your Local Councillors, members of devolved assemblies, Member of Parliament, Members of the European Parliament etc.
They Work For You - House of Commons Hansard made more accessible ? UK Members of the European Parliament

Read The Bills Act - USA proposal to force politicians to actually read the legislation that they are voting for, something which is badly needed in the UK Parliament.

Bichard Inquiry delving into criminal records and "soft intelligence" policies highlighted by the Soham murders. (taken offline by the Home Office)

ACPO - Association of Chief Police Officers - England, Wales and Northern Ireland
ACPOS Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland

Online Media

Boing Boing

Need To Know [now defunct]

The Register

NewsNow Encryption and Security aggregate news feed
KableNet - UK Government IT project news
PublicTechnology.net - UK eGovernment and public sector IT news
eGov Monitor

Ideal Government - debate about UK eGovernment

NIR and ID cards

Stand - email and fax campaign on ID Cards etc. [Now defunct]. The people who supported stand.org.uk have gone on to set up other online tools like WriteToThem.com. The Government's contemptuous dismissal of over 5,000 individual responses via the stand.org website to the Home Office public consultation on Entitlement Cards is one of the factors which later led directly to the formation of the the NO2ID Campaign who have been marshalling cross party opposition to Labour's dreadful National Identity Register compulsory centralised national biometric database and ID Card plans, at the expense of simpler, cheaper, less repressive, more effective, nore secure and more privacy friendly alternative identity schemes.

NO2ID - opposition to the Home Office's Compulsory Biometric ID Card
NO2ID bulletin board discussion forum

Home Office Identity Cards website
No compulsory national Identity Cards (ID Cards) BBC iCan campaign site
UK ID Cards blog
NO2ID press clippings blog
CASNIC - Campaign to STOP the National Identity Card.
Defy-ID active meetings and protests in Glasgow
www.idcards-uk.info - New Alliance's ID Cards page
irefuse.org - total rejection of any UK ID Card

International Civil Aviation Organisation - Machine Readable Travel Documents standards for Biometric Passports etc.
Anti National ID Japan - controversial and insecure Jukinet National ID registry in Japan
UK Biometrics Working Group run by CESG/GCHQ experts etc. the UK Government on Biometrics issues feasability
Citizen Information Project feasability study population register plans by the Treasury and Office of National Statistics

CommentOnThis.com - comments and links to each paragraph of the Home Office's "Strategic Action Plan for the National Identity Scheme".

De-Materialised ID - "The voluntary alternative to material ID cards, A Proposal by David Moss of Business Consultancy Services Ltd (BCSL)" - well researched analysis of the current Home Office scheme, and a potentially viable alternative.

Surveillance Infrastructures

National Roads Telecommunications Services project - infrastruture for various mass surveillance systems, CCTV, ANPR, PMMR imaging etc.

CameraWatch - independent UK CCTV industry lobby group - like us, they also want more regulation of CCTV surveillance systems.

Every Step You Take a documentary about CCTV surveillance in the Uk by Austrian film maker Nino Leitner.

Transport for London an attempt at a technological panopticon - London Congestion Charge, London Low-Emission Zone, Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras, tens of thousands of CCTV cameras on buses, thousands of CCTV cameras on London Underground, realtime road traffic CCTV, Iyster smart cards - all handed over to the Metropolitan Police for "national security" purposes, in real time, in bulk, without any public accountibility, for secret data mining, exempt from even the usual weak protections of the Data Protection Act 1998.

RFID Links

RFID tag privacy concerns - our own original article updated with photos

NoTags - campaign against individual item RFID tags
Position Statement on the Use of RFID on Consumer Products has been endorsed by a large number of privacy and human rights organisations.
RFID Privacy Happenings at MIT
Surpriv: RFID Surveillance and Privacy
RFID Scanner blog
RFID Gazette
The Sorting Door Project

RFIDBuzz.com blog - where we sometimes crosspost RFID articles

Genetic Links

DNA Profiles - analysis by Paul Nutteing
GeneWatch UK monitors genetic privacy and other issues
Postnote February 2006 Number 258 - National DNA Database (.pdf) - Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

The National DNA Database Annual Report 2004/5 (.pdf) - published by the NDNAD Board and ACPO.

Eeclaim Your DNA from Britain's National DNA Database - model letters and advice on how to have your DNA samples and profiles removed from the National DNA Database,in spite of all of the nureacratic obstacles which try to prevent this, even if you are innocent.

Miscellanous Links

Michael Field - Pacific Island news - no longer a paradise
freetotravel.org - John Gilmore versus USA internal flight passports and passenger profiling etc.

The BUPA Seven - whistleblowers badly let down by the system.

Tax Credit Overpayment - the near suicidal despair inflicted on poor, vulnerable people by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown's disasterous Inland Revenue IT system.

Fassit UK - resources and help for those abused by the Social Services Childrens Care bureaucracy

Former Spies

MI6 v Tomlinson - Richard Tomlinson - still being harassed by his former employer MI6

Martin Ingram, Welcome To The Dark Side - former British Army Intelligence operative in Northern Ireland.

Operation Billiards - Mitrokhin or Oshchenko ? Michael John Smith - seeking to overturn his Official Secrets Act conviction in the GEC case.

The Dirty Secrets of MI5 & MI6 - Tony Holland, Michael John Smith and John Symond - stories and chronologies.

Naked Spygirl - Olivia Frank

Blog Links

e-nsecure.net blog - Comments on IT security and Privacy or the lack thereof.
Rat's Blog -The Reverend Rat writes about London street life and technology
Duncan Drury - wired adventures in Tanzania & London
Dr. K's blog - Hacker, Author, Musician, Philosopher

David Mery - falsely arrested on the London Tube - you could be next.

James Hammerton
White Rose - a thorn in the side of Big Brother
Big Blunkett
Into The Machine - formerly "David Blunkett is an Arse" by Charlie Williams and Scribe
infinite ideas machine - Phil Booth
Louise Ferguson - City of Bits
Chris Lightfoot
Oblomovka - Danny O'Brien

Liberty Central

dropsafe - Alec Muffett
The Identity Corner - Stefan Brands
Kim Cameron - Microsoft's Identity Architect
Schneier on Security - Bruce Schneier
Politics of Privacy Blog - Andreas Busch
solarider blog

Richard Allan - former Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam
Boris Johnson Conservative MP for Henley
Craig Murray - former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan, "outsourced torture" whistleblower

Howard Rheingold - SmartMobs
Global Guerrillas - John Robb
Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends

Vmyths - debunking computer security hype

Nick Leaton - Random Ramblings
The Periscope - Companion weblog to Euro-correspondent.com journalist network.
The Practical Nomad Blog Edward Hasbrouck on Privacy and Travel
Policeman's Blog
World Weary Detective

Martin Stabe
Longrider
B2fxxx - Ray Corrigan
Matt Sellers
Grits for Breakfast - Scott Henson in Texas
The Green Ribbon - Tom Griffin
Guido Fawkes blog - Parliamentary plots, rumours and conspiracy.
The Last Ditch - Tom Paine
Murky.org
The (e)State of Tim - Tim Hicks
Ilkley Against CCTV
Tim Worstall
Bill's Comment Page - Bill Cameron
The Society of Qualified Archivists
The Streeb-Greebling Diaries - Bob Mottram

Your Right To Know - Heather Brooke - Freedom off Information campaigning journalist

Ministry of Truth _ Unity's V for Vendetta styled blog.

Bloggerheads - Tim Ireland

W. David Stephenson blogs on homeland security et al.
EUrophobia - Nosemonkey

Blogzilla - Ian Brown

BlairWatch - Chronicling the demise of the New Labour Project

dreamfish - Robert Longstaff

Informaticopia - Rod Ward

War-on-Freedom

The Musings of Harry

Chicken Yoghurt - Justin McKeating

The Red Tape Chronicles - Bob Sullivan MSNBC

Campaign Against the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

Stop the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

Rob Wilton's esoterica

panGloss - Innovation, Technology and the Law

Arch Rights - Action on Rights for Children blog

Database Masterclass - frequently asked questions and answers about the several centralised national databases of children in the UK.

Shaphan

Moving On

Steve Moxon blog - former Home Office whistleblower and author.

Al-Muhajabah's Sundries - anglophile blog

Architectures of Control in Design - Dan Lockton

rabenhorst - Kai Billen (mostly in German)

Nearly Perfect Privacy - Tiffany and Morpheus

Iain Dale's Diary - a popular Conservative political blog

Brit Watch - Public Surveillance in the UK - Web - Email - Databases - CCTV - Telephony - RFID - Banking - DNA

BLOGDIAL

MySecured.com - smart mobile phone forensics, information security, computer security and digital forensics by a couple of Australian researchers

Ralph Bendrath

Financial Cryptography - Ian Grigg et al.

UK Liberty - A blog on issues relating to liberty in the UK

Big Brother State - "a small act of resistance" to the "sustained and systematic attack on our personal freedom, privacy and legal system"

HosReport - "Crisis. Conspiraciones. Enigmas. Conflictos. Espionaje." - Carlos Eduardo Hos (in Spanish)

"Give 'em hell Pike!" - Frank Fisher

Corruption-free Anguilla - Good Governance and Corruption in Public Office Issues in the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla in the West Indies - Don Mitchell CBE QC

geeklawyer - intellectual property, civil liberties and the legal system

PJC Journal - I am not a number, I am a free Man - The Prisoner

Charlie's Diary - Charlie Stross

The Caucus House - blog of the Chicago International Model United Nations

Famous for 15 Megapixels

Postman Patel

The 4th Bomb: Tavistock Sq Daniel's 7:7 Revelations - Daniel Obachike

OurKingdom - part of OpenDemocracy - " will discuss Britain’s nations, institutions, constitution, administration, liberties, justice, peoples and media and their principles, identity and character"

Beau Bo D'Or blog by an increasingly famous digital political cartoonist.

Between Both Worlds - "Thoughts & Ideas that Reflect the Concerns of Our Conscious Evolution" - Kingsley Dennis

Bloggerheads: The Alisher Usmanov Affair - the rich Uzbek businessman and his shyster lawyers Schillings really made a huge counterproductive error in trying to censor the blogs of Tim Ireland, of all people.

Matt Wardman political blog analysis

Henry Porter on Liberty - a leading mainstream media commentator and opinion former who is doing more than most to help preserve our freedom and liberty.

HMRC is shite - "dedicated to the taxpayers of Britain, and the employees of the HMRC, who have to endure the monumental shambles that is Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)."

Head of Legal - Carl Gardner a former legal advisor to the Government

The Landed Underclass - Voice of the Banana Republic of Great Britain

Henrik Alexandersson - Swedish blogger threatened with censorship by the Försvarets Radioanstalt (FRA), the Swedish National Defence Radio Establishement, their equivalent of the UK GCHQ or the US NSA.

World's First Fascist Democracy - blog with link to a Google map - "This map is an attempt to take a UK wide, geographical view, of both the public and the personal effect of State sponsored fear and distrust as seen through the twisted technological lens of petty officials and would be bureaucrats nationwide."

Blogoir - Charles Crawford - former UK Ambassodor to Poland etc.

No CCTV - The Campaign against CCTV

Barcode Nation - keeping two eyes on the database state.

Lords of the Blog - group blog by half a dozen or so Peers sitting in the House of Lords.

notes from the ubiquitous surveillance society - blog by Dr. David Murakami Wood, editor of the online academic journal Surveillance and Society

Justin Wylie's political blog

Panopticon blog - by Timothy Pitt-Payne and Anya Proops. Timothy Pitt-Payne is probably the leading legal expert on the UK's Freedom of Information Act law, often appearing on behlaf of the Information Commissioner's Office at the Information Tribunal.

Armed and Dangerous - Sex, software, politics, and firearms. Life’s simple pleasures… - by Open Source Software advocate Eric S. Raymond.

Georgetown Security Law Brief - group blog by the Georgetown Law Center on National Security and the Law , at Georgtown University, Washington D.C, USA.

Big Brother Watch - well connected with the mainstream media, this is a campaign blog by the TaxPayersAlliance, which thankfully does not seem to have spawned Yet Another Campaign Organisation as many Civil Liberties groups had feared.

Spy on Moseley - "Sparkbrook, Springfield, Washwood Heath and Bordesley Green. An MI5 Intelligence-gathering operation to spy on Muslim communities in Birmingham is taking liberties in every sense" - about 150 ANPR CCTV cameras funded by Home Office via the secretive Terrorism and Allied Matters (TAM) section of ACPO.

FitWatch blog - keeps an eye on the activities of some of the controversial Police Forward Intelligence Teams, who supposedly only target "known troublemakers" for photo and video surveillance, at otherwise legal, peaceful protests and demonstrations.

Other Links

Spam Huntress - The Norwegian Spam Huntress - Ann Elisabeth

Fuel Crisis Blog - Petrol over £1 per litre ! Protest !
Mayor of London Blog
London Olympics 2012 - NO !!!!

Cool Britannia

NuLabour

Free Gary McKinnon - UK citizen facing extradition to the USA for "hacking" over 90 US Military computer systems.

Parliament Protest - information and discussion on peaceful resistance to the arbitrary curtailment of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, in the excessive Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 Designated Area around Parliament Square in London.

Brian Burnell's British / US nuclear weapons history at http://nuclear-weapons.info

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UK Legislation

The United Kingdom suffers from tens of thousands of pages of complicated criminal laws, and thousands of new, often unenforceable criminal offences, which have been created as a "Pretend to be Seen to Be Doing Something" response to tabloid media hype and hysteria, and political social engineering dogmas. These overbroad, catch-all laws, which remove the scope for any judicial appeals process, have been rubber stamped, often without being read, let alone properly understood, by Members of Parliament.

The text of many of these Acts of Parliament are now online, but it is still too difficult for most people, including the police and criminal justice system, to work out the cumulative effect of all the amendments, even for the most serious offences involving national security or terrorism or serious crime.

Many MPs do not seem to bother to even to actually read the details of the legislation which they vote to inflict on us.

UK Legislation Links

UK Statute Law Database - is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online, but it is not yet up to date.

UK Commissioners

UK Commissioners some of whom are meant to protect your privacy and investigate abuses by the bureaucrats.

UK Intelligence Agencies

Intelligence and Security Committee - the supposedly independent Parliamentary watchdog which issues an annual, heavily censored Report every year or so. Currently chaired by the Conservative Sir Malcolm Rifkind. Why should either the intelligence agencies or the public trust this committee, when the untrustworthy ex-Labour Minister Hazel Blears is a member ?

Anti-terrorism hotline - links removed in protest at the Climate of Fear propaganda posters

MI5 Security Service
MI5 Security Service - links to encrypted reporting form removed in protest at the Climate of Fear propaganda posters

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Secure Your Fertiliser - advice on ammonium nitrate and urea fertiliser security

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Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure - "CPNI provides expert advice to the critical national infrastructure on physical, personnel and information security, to protect against terrorism and other threats."

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Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) recruitment.

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Government Communications Headquarters GCHQ

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Serious Organised Crime Agency - have cut themselves off from direct contact with the public and businesses - no phone - no email

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Defence Advisory (DA) Notice system - voluntary self censorship by the established UK press and broadcast media regarding defence and intelligence topics via the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee.

Foreign Spies / Intelliegence Agencies in the UK

It is not just the UK government which tries to snoop on British companies, organisations and individuals, the rest of the world is constantly trying to do the same, regardless of the mixed efforts of our own UK Intelligence Agencies who are paid to supposedly protect us from them.

For no good reason, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office only keeps the current version of the London Diplomatic List of accredited Diplomats (including some Foreign Intelligence Agency operatives) online.

Presumably every mainstream media organisation, intelligence agency, serious organised crime or terrorist gang keeps historical copies, so here are some older versions of the London Diplomatic List, for the benefit of web search engine queries, for those people who do not want their visits to appear in the FCO web server logfiles or those whose censored internet feeds block access to UK Government websites.

Campaign Button Links

Watching Them, Watching Us - UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign
UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign

NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card
NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card and National Identity Register centralised database.

Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.
Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.

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FreeFarid.com - Kafkaesque extradition of Farid Hilali under the European Arrest Warrant to Spain

Peaceful resistance to the curtailment of our rights to Free Assembly and Free Speech in the SOCPA Designated Area around Parliament Square and beyond
Parliament Protest blog - resistance to the Designated Area restricting peaceful demonstrations or lobbying in the vicinity of Parliament.

Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans
Data Retention is No Solution - Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans.

Save Parliament: Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)
Save Parliament - Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)

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Open Rights Group

The Big Opt Out Campaign - opt out of having your NHS Care Record medical records and personal details stored insecurely on a massive national centralised database.

Tor - the onion routing network
Tor - the onion routing network - "Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves."

Tor - the onion routing network
Anonymous Blogging with Wordpress and Tor - useful Guide published by Global Voices Advocacy with step by step software configuration screenshots (updated March 10th 2009).

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Amnesty International's irrepressible.info campaign

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BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

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NGO in a box - Security Edition privacy and security software tools

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Home Office Watch blog, "a single repository of all the shambolic errors and mistakes made by the British Home Office compiled from Parliamentary Questions, news reports, and tip-offs by the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs team."

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Reporters Without Borders - Reporters Sans Frontières - campaign for journalists 'and bloggers' freedom in repressive countries and war zones.

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Committee to Protect Bloggers - "devoted to the protection of bloggers worldwide with a focus on highlighting the plight of bloggers threatened and imprisoned by their government."

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Icelanders are NOT terrorists ! - despite Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling's use of anti-terrorism legislation to seize the assets of Icelandic banks.

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No CCTV - The Campaign Against CCTV

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I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist !

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Power 2010 cross party, political reform campaign

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Cracking the Black Box - "aims to expose technology that is being used in inappropriate ways. We hope to bring together the insights of experts and whistleblowers to shine a light into the dark recesses of systems that are responsible for causing many of the privacy problems faced by millions of people."

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Open Rights Group - Petition against the renewal of the Interception Modernisation Programme

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WhistleblowersUK.org - Fighting for justice for whistleblowers