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Huppert warns against “sleepwalking into a surveillance society”

huppert_caption compIt’s become a truth universally acknowledged in the Liberal Democrats that wherever there is a threat to our freedoms, Julian Huppert will be there trying to thwart it, whether that’s convenient for the party leadership or not.  Most of the time, it has to be said, it is convenient for the leadership, but it’s worth remembering that if it hadn’t been for the combination of him and some angry bloggers, we might be in a world where the Communications Data Act of 2012 had been passed.

And so it was on …

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Clegg: Guardian’s leaked Snowden secrets of “immense interest to people who want to do us harm”

Clegg HeadMI5 chief Andrew Parker spoke out yesterday against the leaking of intelligence secrets by Edward Snowden to The Guardian, claiming it seriously endangered national security and had given terrorist groups like al-Qa’ida “the gift they need to evade us and strike at will”. Nick Clegg was asked if he agreed on his LBC radio phone-in show, Call Clegg. Here’s what he said:

Nick Ferrari: Deputy Prime Minister, do you agree with the Prime Minister, who says that Andrew Parker, the Security Chief’s warning to the Guardian’s publication of those files handed

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The Independent View: A blueprint for social media intelligence

The controversy over the Government’s plans to legislate for Internet surveillance, the ‘Communications Capabilities Development Programme’, has exposed a deep division within the Coalition. Into the dispute that has simmered since some details were first leaked earlier this month, David Cameron himself has weighed in to say that the proposals are necessary to stop crime, whereas Tim Farron has threatened to kill it “if we think this is a threat to a free and liberal society”.

This rumbling outrage surrounding CCDP testifies to the importance of a principled, publicly argued grounding for any kind of intelligence. It is exactly …

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  • User AvatarMichael 26th May - 7:38am
    That should be "former" in my previous post - opt for with driverless ability
  • User AvatarMichael 26th May - 7:36am
    @ Tony Greaves I think that the first uses are likely to be public transport/taxi like applications - a taxi but without the expense of...
  • User AvatarNick Baird 26th May - 6:05am
    I'm glad to see this discussion happening, and I would like to see if this could be made to work in an affordable manner. I...
  • User AvatarNick Baird 26th May - 5:52am
    I understood the principle to be that the wealthier EU economies made a net contribution to fund things like infrastructure development in the poorer regions,...
  • User AvatarNick Baird 26th May - 5:44am
    Barry In practical terms, I don't think it's as simple as saying just encrypt the BBC channels and charge a subscription. That would mean it...
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    As you increase the Citizens' Income it is replacing existing benefits or allowances for some people and giving new money to others. The first £3000...