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Home Office push the IP Bill to avoid national debate

March 1st 2015 – Home Office is pushing ahead with the IP Bill without needed national debate

Despite three key Parliamentary committees demanding very significant changes to the draft IP Bill and calling for more time for a national debate can take place. The Home Office today published a largely identical draft Bill and a timetable that is clearly designed to stifle debate even within Parliament.

A number of participants in the Internet Society community are included in the signatories to a letter in The Telegraph today calling for a delay until 2017.

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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

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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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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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