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The Internet Society has issued a statement following up on the CEO of Apple Inc, Tim Cook’s letter on FBI demand.

Apple has millions of UK customers with the UK. With the UK Prime Minister having called for law enforcement to have no areas they cannot go and the debate and concern over the draft Investigatory Powers Bill in the UK this debate in the US has huge significance for UK citizens.

UK expert Prof Ian Brown commented on what the FBI are really asking for on the BBC World Service

Internet Society statement: –


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Peter Kirstein CBE honoured with Fellowship by Marconi Society

The founder and acknowledged “father” of the Internet in Europe and ISOC UK England participant Professor Peter Kirstein CBE was honoured with a Symposium and Fellowship by the prestigious Marconi Society in London Tuesday 25th October at the Royal Society.

The Symposium produced by Peter Kirstein was on – “The Future Infrastructure of the Internet of Things”.  The gathering discussing the Internet of Things and paying tribute to Peter included many of the Internet and networking world’s leading luminaries including Vint Cerf, Bob Khan, Paul Baran, Dame Wendy Hall, and many others.… Read more ...

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Intelligence & Security Committee – IP Bill is a significant missed opportunity.

The UK Parliament’s watchdog for the Security Services has delivered a firm rebuke to the Government on its draft Bill the Investigatory Powers Bill. Seeing it as a missed opportunity.

The UK Chapter has engaged with ISC and on this topic more broadly for several years as the Government has struggled to bring surveillance under stable and effective democratic controls.

This is the first major comment from the refreshed committee ‘s intentions to follow up on the work of the previous Parliament and marks a decisive opinion under the fresh leadership of its new chair Dominic Grieve.… Read more ...

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Two UK MPs challenge their own government in the High Court – and win.

Robin Wilton
Prague 18th July 2015 writes

Two MPs, David Davis (Conservative) and Tom Watson (Labour), with human rights advocacy group Liberty, have won a challenge in the High Court against the UK’s data retention law (DRIPA). The ruling finds against the UK law on several grounds, including incompatibility with the right to privacy, and a lack of clarity in the rules applying to access requests. Since the current rules allow a very wide range of public authorities to request communications data, and to do so without independent approval, there is a clear implication that the UK’s approach to data retention fails the proportionality test.… Read more ...

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Invitation for ISOC Ambassadors to the Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Society is inviting applications for its latest Internet
Society Ambassadors to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). IGF
Ambassadors will gain valuable insight and experience through their
exposure to a range of stakeholders and discussions from numerous
disciplines across the Internet ecosystem and benefit from their
immersion into the IGF week of activities.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from
various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy
issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome,
the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the
public and private sectors.… Read more ...

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Reflections on UK IGF Panel Discussion: Privacy and Security in the Internet Age

by Robin Wilton
Technical Outreach Director – Identity and Privacy Internet Society

1 – The “privacy versus security” fallacy

2 – What factors shape the privacy landscape

3 – An ISOC Trust and Identity perspective

1 – The “privacy versus security” fallacy

I’d like to start by quoting two remarks that were made at the recent WSIS Forum in Geneva on a similar panel to this one. The first is, in turn, a quotation from Joe Alhadeff of Oracle Corp., who said:

“It’s not enough to balance privacy against security: you have to optimise for both”.

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