Surveillance

'Downward spiral': UK slips to 40th place in press freedom rankings

Reporters Without Borders says Britain is approaching tipping point in wake of passage of Investigatory Powers Act<p>Journalists in the UK are less free to hold power to account than those working in South Africa, Chile or Lithuania, according to an index of press freedom around the world.<p>Laws …

Censorship

Amber Rudd pressed to review secret police files on 1980s miners' strike

Yvette Cooper urges home secretary to assess if documents ordered to remain closed until 2066 can be made public<p>The home secretary is being pressed to review secret police intelligence files on the 1980s miners’ strike which have been ordered to remain closed until 2066.<p>The existence of files that …

Conservative Party

Did Thailand Secretly Approve Its China Submarine Buy?

Over the past week, Thailand’s decades-long aspiration to acquire submarines has been caught in yet another round of controversy (See: “Thailand Eyes …

Thailand

Failure to publish tobacco and alcohol submissions to drug policy review 'alarming', say experts

Public Health Research & Practice journal says not disclosing content of companies’ submissions may breach World Health Organisation convention<p>The Australian government may have breached international tobacco control conventions for failing to publish submissions from powerful alcohol and tobacco …

Marijuana

Trump pick for CIA's top lawyer weighs in on interrogations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to be the CIA's top lawyer says it would take a change in U.S. law to restart the program that permitted harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists in detention.<p>Courtney Simmons Elwood tells the Senate intelligence committee that's the advice she'd …

National Security Agency (NSA)

The Home Office Missed Repeated Warning Signs That An LGBT Charity Was About To Collapse

Following an investigation by BuzzFeed News into the closure of Broken Rainbow, the National Audit Office has delivered a devastating report criticising regulators and the charity's CEO.<p>Posted on April 26, 2017, 23:15 GMT<p>Facebook<p>An inquiry by the official public spending watchdog has found that …

Philanthropy

UK protests over access to Twitter data

<b>The British government is protesting against Twitter's decision to withdraw access to user data used to investigate potential terrorist plots.</b><p>The information was previously used by the police and the MI5 intelligence agency.<p>However, the Telegraph newspaper cited industry sources, in a report on 25 …

Censorship

Japan's Slow March Back to State Control

Japan’s current constitutional revision debate is a silent challenge against freedoms espoused by the 1947 constitution. While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has set aside revision of the controversial Article 9 peace clause for the moment, his administration’s inclination towards state control of civil …

Japan

Leak of MPs' phone numbers triggers review

A federal department is reviewing the way information is released after the private phone numbers of cabinet ministers, MPs and former prime …

Security

MPs say government 'not transparent' over Syria drone strike on British Isis member

Reyaad Khan had been linked to seven thwarted UK terrorist attack plots.<p>A parliamentary committee examining a drone strike which killed a "prolific" …

Terrorism

Greater transparency would boost trust in Texas government | Commentary

2. HB 2710 by Hunter would restore access to dates of birth in governmental records. A 3rd Court of Appeals ruling made much of that information off …

Government

U.S., European military chiefs call for better data-sharing against terrorism

WIESBADEN, Germany (Reuters) - Top military officials from the United States and Europe called on Wednesday for better information-sharing to fight terrorism and regular coordinating meetings for justice officials.<p>"Terrorism is a transregional problem and presents a clear and present danger to us …

World News

UK cops will deploy facial recognition scanners for soccer championship

When soccer fans flock to Cardiff for the Champion’s League Final on June 3rd, British police will be greeting them with a new facial recognition system. <i>Motherboard</i> reports that the South Wales police will be conducting a live pilot test of the new system on the day of the game, to be deployed at …

Big Brother

Hunt broke law by axing NHS 18-week treatment target, says Labour

Legal advice commissioned by Labour says health secretary is acting illegally in not forcing NHS England to ensure hospitals hit target<p>Jeremy Hunt has broken the law by not forcing the NHS to ensure that patients receive hospital treatment within the stated maximum of 18 weeks, according to legal …

NHS

Leaked Documents Reveal the NSA Spying on Scientists to Find 'Nefarious' Genetic Research

A new document made public this week via Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents reveals a fascinating aim of signals intelligence program: The …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Russian Cybercriminals Are Loving Those Leaked NSA Windows Weapons

It’s been little over a week and a half since a hacker crew called the Shadow Brokers released a batch of tools believed to have belonged to the NSA, designed to break through the defences of Windows systems. Whilst Microsoft mysteriously patched its operating system to deflect attacks using the …

National Security Agency (NSA)

A former top NSA lawyer is joining the Senate's Trump-Russia probe

The former head of intelligence law at the National Security Agency (NSA), April Doss, has been hired to work on the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, her law firm confirmed in a press release on Wednesday.<p>Doss, who spent over a decade at …

National Security Agency (NSA)

U.S. spy agencies worry that pot bans hurt efforts to recruit young people

U.S. intelligence agencies may have trouble recruiting young people in the future if a campaign to ferret out disgruntled insiders grows too intense, …

National Security Agency (NSA)

German spies to access citizens' ID photos

A new German law will allow intel agencies access to all citizens' ID photos. In combination with facial recognition surveillance technology, this means agents will be able to identify people in crowds, warn critics.<p>Data protection experts, lawyers, and opposition politicians lined up in the German …

World News

Full Show: Surveillance (04/25)

Bloomberg Surveillance hosted by Tom Keene and Francine Lacqua. Guests include Borje Ekholm, chief executive officer at Ericsson, Lord Adair Turner, …

Business

Former CIA Director James Woolsey On Trump's First 100 Days

As part of an examination of the president's first 100 days, David Greene speaks with former CIA Director James Woolsey about Trump's national security policy and relations with intelligence agencies.

National Security Agency (NSA)

UK government irate at Twitter’s surveillance API crackdown

The UK government has criticized Twitter for restricting police and intelligence agency access to data which it says could be used to identify terrorist plots, according to the Telegraph newspaper.<p>The newspaper quotes a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May, who said: “We are protesting this …

Government (UK)

The government just announced a gamechanger for cycling in England – Sam Jones

The new cycling and walking investment strategy is the first legislation of its kind to legally bind the government to long-term funding for cycling and walking provision<p>Unless you’re an avid transport campaigner, it’s likely that among the rush of government announcements made last week, you will …

Sport (UK)

Microsoft wasn't hammered by surveillance requests in 2016

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released its Transparency Report revealing that it had received "1,000 to 1,499 surveillance requests for foreign intelligence purposes (known as FISA) from January to June 2016." There's only one problem though -- it didn't. Today, Microsoft updated the report to …

Microsoft

Powerful algorithms need a new formula, not more transparency, to be kept in check

Algorithms today dictate our credit scores, our favorite music playlists, and, of course, what shows up in our social media feeds. So shouldn’t the public know what code and mathematical equations go into making them work?<p>“No,” says Microsoft. In a submission to a UK parliamentary inquiry into the …

Transparency

Twitter 'Preventing Government From Monitoring Terror-Related Content'

Twitter says surveillance is 'absolutely unacceptable and prohibited'.<p>Twitter has blocked the Government from potential sources of counter-terrorism intelligence, according to reports.<p>Police and security services including MI5 are said to have been cut off from some of the vast pools of data on the …

Conservative Party

British Cops Will Scan Every Fan's Face at the Champions League Final - Motherboard

When thousands of football fans pour into Cardiff's Principality Stadium on June 3 to watch the final match of the UEFA Champions League, few will be aware that their faces will have already been scanned, processed, and compared to a police database of some 500,000 "persons of interest".<p>Despite …

Soccer

Rape victims have to prove they were attacked. Theresa May says that's 'fair'

Theresa May has said a controversial clause that will force rape victims to prove they were attacked before they can receive tax credits for a third …

Rights & Freedoms

North Dakota Reins In Law Enforcement's Use Of Confidential Informants

A new state law is named after Andrew Sadek, a college student found dead after agreeing to inform for police when they caught him with marijuana.<p>North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) signed a bill into law Monday that will implement new rules on law enforcement’s use of confidential informants and …

Law Enforcement

US businesswoman Phan Phan-Gillis sentenced in China on spying charges

‘Sandy’ Phan-Gillis disappeared while on a business trip to China in 2015 and little had been heard of her case until her sentence<p>An American woman detained during a business trip to China and charged with spying was sentenced on Tuesday to three and a half years in prison, raising the possibility …

China