Tag Archives: Privacy

Supreme Court’s Catt judgment ignores reality of surveillance and seriously undermines privacy & protest rights

Yesterday’s Supreme Court judgment ( press summary here) in the Catt case marks a missed opportunity to protect the privacy rights of protestors and instead waves through the police’s runaway mass surveillance operations. By a 4:1 majority the Court allowed the Met’s appeal against the 2013 Court of Appeal decision which had said that the retention of intelligence records on John Catt (a […]

Police intelligence obsession ignores law and balks at accountability

Three issues have come to light over the last few days which raise yet more concerns around police operations, privacy and freedom of expression.  All three have a common theme in that they all show the police’s willingness to flout the law and desire to actively obstruct those who challenge their unlawful actions.   1. […]

Cameron, Tabloids & Tyrants: Vous n’êtes pas Charlie

The tragic events that took place in Paris last week have stimulated heated debate about a range of difficult issues including where the limits of freedom of expression lie and how best to tackle extremism.  This post is not intended to deal comprehensively every aspect of this debate but to highlight the hypocrisy of those who […]

FITs, ‘domestic extremism’ & privacy rights: the law so far

This week the Supreme Court will hear a crucial case regarding the surveillance of political activists and protestors via forward intelligence/evidence gatherer teams and the national domestic extremism database. Catt v Association of Chief Police Officers was brought by peace protestor John Catt, who upon submitting a subject access request to police discovered that they had […]

Why the Tories can’t be trusted on freedom of expression or privacy

With last month’s announcement that a majority Conservative Government would repeal the Human Rights Act, replace it with a ‘British Bill of Rights’, and in all likeliness withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, the future of human rights protection in the UK has been thrown into some uncertainty. Ironically –  and as if […]

Privacy not Prism – Free Public Lecture

Free Public Lecture organised by Queen Mary Institute of Computer & Communications Law (ICCL), in association with Law is War. Thursday 21st November – 6:30 – 8pm Venue: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, UoL, 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields Free event but limited places, book online at: privacynotprism.eventbrite.co.uk Edward Snowden has revealed the shocking extent to […]