Privacy & Human Rights at the UN

In 2013, AFAIK, the United Nations General Assembly, passed the UN Human Rights Commission proposal, The right to privacy in the digital age, the results of this led to the establishment of a Special Rapporteur on Privacy reporting to the OHRC. The SRoP reports once/year to the Human Rights Committee and once each year to the General Assembly which receives the report at its 3rd committee plenary (I think).  I can’t find the reports, there ought to have been one in 2016, here is what I have found … Continue reading “Privacy & Human Rights at the UN”

Investigatory Powers Act 2016

The Investigatory Powers Bill became Law earlier this week. Interestingly the noise and criticism was turned up after the Royal Assent and a Government Site petition opposing the Law reached 1500,000 signatures in a week. I had reason to perform some research on what the Law actually says, and here are my notes and links. Continue reading “Investigatory Powers Act 2016”

Yvette Cooper at Demos

The challenges of a Digital World to our Security and Liberty – Yvette Cooper speech to Demos

This source is labeld check against delivery.

Yvette Cooper speech to Demos in March 2014 here, from Labour Press’ tumblr account.

  1. does she mention court secrecy? No.
  2. she doesn’t address the potential need for two agencies one for spying and one for defending UK cyberspace
  3. no mention of copyright crime which is good, most people will allow greater compromises in privacy to prosecute and prevent terrorism and child abuse, and they’d put their bank accounts before the copyright holders interests.
  4. No mention of the fact that the NSA and thus the US Government are a threat to ecommerce
  5. No mention of national security of supply

it’s clearly aimed at fighting terrorism, child abuse and defending the ecommerce infrastructure

At the same time the Prime Minister has also said that GCHQ and the NSA can do more to tackle child pornography on the dark net, to “decrypt encrypted files, and… find out what is going on”. A new strategy is needed to make sure the fight against online child abuse can keep up with new technology – including looking at the legal framework, resources, structures and the role for the private sector and internet service providers to do more.

Cameron’s been watching CSIcyber again, but Yvette’s response is reasoned

 

The summary reseats the speech in the legal powers and supervison policy domain.

I rather like this,

The digital age generates every second new and amazing opportunities that we should seize. But we cannot duck our responsibilities to face up to the difficult challenges it poses too – to make sure that the digital age serves the public and our democracy, and not the other way round.

What I plan to say on the Euro Husting blog article, which picks up the press articles, Guardian and Register

… pointed to Yvette Cooper’s speech to Demos on the balance between security and privacy in the internet age. I have to say, I missed this when it was reported by the Guardian, and would have been unsurprised by the Register’s hostile headline but we can read the speech for ourselves here. Id’ say it’s better than its critics suggest; there’s a growing consensus that RIPA gets it wrong and the recognition that privacy is part of the balance is a better position than the Tories and spies take and that many had expected from the Labour Front bench.

ooOOOoo