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westminster uk government

23rd July, 2014 - 1:49 pm (4 Comments)

The UK’s semi-recycled Data Retention and Investigation Powers Act (DRIP), which extends the range of Internet snooping that the Government can perform on its citizens and was controversially rushed into law last week under emergency powers (here), will become the subject of a Judicial Review process if some MPs get their way.

blocked_uk_website_parental_control

22nd July, 2014 - 11:18 am (3 Comments)

Ofcom has today published a new report that looks at the measures adopted by four of the largest broadband ISPs (BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband) to help parents “protect children from harmful content online” by offering network-level filtering (censorship) systems to block adult sites. But adoption by new subscribers is fairly limited and there have been a number of errors.

andrews and arnold uk isp

16th July, 2014 - 2:02 pm (8 Comments)

As the controversial Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill (DRIP) slips its way through the House of Commons and into the House of Lords, the outspoken boss of broadband ISP Andrews & Arnold (AAISP), Adrian Kennard, has promised to use “all practical legal means” in order to protect their customers from state sponsored Internet snooping.

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

10th July, 2014 - 8:30 am (10 Comments)

The government will today announce emergency legislation that many fear could be an amended version of its controversial RIPA or Communications Data Bill (CDB) which, before it was shelved for a second time, aimed to extend the United Kingdom’s existing internet snooping powers by requiring ISPs to log a much bigger slice of everybody’s online activity; regardless of whether or not you’ve ever committed a crime.

fibre optic cables into united kingdom

2nd July, 2014 - 1:28 pm (6 Comments)

A group of smaller ISPs from around the world, including GreenNet from the United Kingdom, have lodged a legal complaint against the UK’s intelligence agency – Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) – after they were last year caught tapping into at least some of the world’s 10Gbps transatlantic fibre optic cable links and snooping on the related phone and Internet traffic.

internet censorship padlock

17th June, 2014 - 2:17 pm (2 Comments)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IEF) has called on broadband ISPs in the United Kingdom to help tackle malware (malicious software and viruses) by, for example, restricting Internet access to infected computers and devices (e.g. PCs, Tablets etc.).

router_disconnected

4th June, 2014 - 1:24 pm (1 Comment)

The vice president of online security firm Trend Micro, Rik Ferguson, has warned that “desperate times call for desperate measures” and is calling for broadband ISPs to “quarantine” the computer systems of customers that have been infected with malware (e.g. viruses, Trojans, botnets etc.).

network and internet connections

13th May, 2014 - 2:36 pm (0 Comments)

The influential Internet Engineering Task Force, which is a large open international community of network designers and operators that work to help evolve the Internet’s underlying protocols and architecture, has decided to take action against massive state sponsored Internet snooping (e.g. GCHQ/NSA etc.) through the development of new solutions to mitigate such activity.

internet law uk

13th May, 2014 - 10:38 am (2 Comments)

Sometimes Internet privacy and freedom of information can come into bitter conflict with each other and that appears to be the outcome of a new ruling against Google by the European Union’s Court of Justice (ECJ). The outcome could lay the groundwork for everybody to have a “right to be forgotten” online.

banned_and_forbidden_uk_internet_censorship

17th April, 2014 - 3:24 am (5 Comments)

One of the more puzzling aspects of the on-going political debate over Internet censorship (Parental Controls) is the issue of Age Verification, which has some politicians aggressively calling for a system that can verify an Internet user’s age before the ISPs network-level filters can be disabled. But is it even possible and do we really need it?

public-internet-file-sharing

11th April, 2014 - 9:29 am (0 Comments)

The Open Rights Group (ORG) has written a new open letter that calls upon BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk and Virgin Media to clarify their positions on the storing of personal customer data / access logs, which follows a decision by the European Court of Justice to rule that the EU’s Data Retention Directive was now “invalid“.

internet-privacy-uk

8th April, 2014 - 9:46 am (3 Comments)

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has delivered a significant victory to privacy advocates after it ruled that the EU’s Data Retention Directive, which requires member states and their phone / Internet providers to keep a basic access log of all website, email and phone call activity for up to 2 years, was now considered “invalid“.

internet_security_and_privacy_email

5th March, 2014 - 2:40 pm (1 Comment)

The incumbent phone and broadband ISP for Hull in East Yorkshire, KC, has suffered yet another security snafu after they accidentally sent letters to customers that included the email addresses for other subscribers. Sadly it’s not their first security blunder.

internet-snooping-uk

3rd March, 2014 - 11:13 am (6 Comments)

The British Labour Party looks set to take a 3rd swipe at reviving their failed Internet Snooping laws, which over the past 6 years have twice been rejected due to issues of unpopularity, cost, technical viability and general confusion.

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