05/07/2015   Crisis for Greece, billions for the arms trade and the IMF

Its people are desperate, its economy crippled, but Greece’s debt crisis has been very profitable not only for the IMF, but also for arms industries in Europe and the USA. At 2.2% of GDP its annual defence budget is double that of most EU states except Britain, and before 2010 was at an eye-watering 7%.

17/05/2015   Hacking case reveals stealth Computer Misuse Act change

The day before its latest anti-hacking case hearing at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, Privacy International was notified that the Computer Misuse Act had been rewritten in March to exempt the intelligence services from provisions making hacking illegal. Read the full story and press reactions.

23/04/2015   UK nuclear energy policy in ruins

Stop New NuclearStop New NuclearThe future of two reactors at Hinkley Point, and the Tories’ “significant new nuclear” election policy, has been set back by a “very serious fault in a crucial part” of an EPR reactor in Normandy. The head of France’s nuclear safety inspectorate said identical safety casings have been made for Hinckley Point, and the prototype plant at Flamanville, nearly three times over budget, could be further delayed for several years.

18/03/2015   UK claims power to bug and crack

The British Government has admitted GCHQ has the broad power to bug phones, computers and networks anywhere in the world, even if the target is not a threat to national security nor suspected of any crime.

06/03/2015   Paul Mobbs arrested in Downing Street

MobbseyMobbseyEnvironmental expert and GreenNet trustee Paul Mobbs has been arrested in an attempt to conduct a citizen’s arrest on members of the cabinet for Misconduct in Public Office, resulting from their financial interests in the promotion of fracking.

24/02/2015   Secret source of tax haven data found

A bank you’ve probably never heard of, the Bank for International Settlements, has data on the secret billions held in tax havens which would be invaluable in the fight against corruption and global poverty. But there’s just one problem. They won’t make it public.

07/02/2015   GCHQ-NSA intelligence sharing unlawful, says UK surveillance tribunal

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has ruled that regulations covering GCHQ’s access to comms data intercepted by the NSA were illegal because safeguards were not made public. The case brought by Privacy International, Bytes for All, Liberty, and Amnesty International has forced these details to be revealed.

30/01/2015   EFF Wins Battle Over Secret Legal Opinions on Government Spying

Eight international expert bodies have pronounced mass surveillance by the NSA and GCHQ a gross violation of human rights. Now The U.S. Department of Justice has been forced to release legal opinion on access to census data under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, relied on by the NSA to collect the call records of millions of Americans.

13/01/2015   Why are they even talkin' about it...

In the words of Frank Zappa, almost, “The Snoopers’ Charter won’t work…” The Charlie Hebdo shooters — just like the murderers of Lee Rigby and the Boston bombing suspects — were known to the authorities, and had been for years. To devote more limited resources to mass surveillance, that is ineffective and has damaging effects on liberty, rather than on targeted intelligence, is “a piece of sh…”