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Make no mistake, this is a new Snooper's Charter, and it's worse than ever

6 November 2015

Despite Wednesday's publication of the Investigatory Powers Bill being trailed as world leading legislation that would balance security and privacy, what the Government is actually seeking is a mandate for mass surveillance. This is a new Snoopers' Charter and we must oppose many of its most virulent elements.

Press Statement: Today the Debate Can Begin - The Investigatory Powers Bill

4 November 2015

"The true debate on surveillance can begin today. After years of downplaying, obscuring, and denying the Snowden revelations, the Government has finally entered the conversation. For the first time Parliament and the British public will be able to debate mass surveillance powers like bulk interception, bulk hacking, and the data-mining of bulk personal datasets.

Ugandan government deployed FinFisher spyware to 'crush' opposition, track elected officials and media in secret operation during post-election protests, documents reveal

15 October 2015

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni directed intelligence and police officials to use a powerful, invasive malware to spy on domestic political opponents – including parliamentarians, activists and media houses – following the 2011 presidential election, during a period of urban unrest and police violence, according to secret government documents obtained by Privacy International. A feature broadcast piece will air on BBC Newsnight on Thursday, 15 October.

Companies from the UK, the US, and Israel provided mass surveillance capabilities to Colombian security services

2 September 2015

Privacy International's new report exposes the companies that have built the Colombian Government's controversial and highly invasive surveillance systems. The report “Demand/Supply: Exposing the Surveillance Industry in Colombia” shows the extensive dealings that companies from Israel, the UK, the USA, Finland, and New Zealand, among other countries, have had in supporting Colombian government agencies in purchasing surveillance equipment. Many of the company's customers were agencies that did not have lawful authority to carry out communications interception using such systems.

Pakistan Intelligence agency sought to create mass surveillance system, new report from Privacy International reveals

21 July 2015

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency sought to capture all communications entering and within the country, in what amounts to the most significant expansion of the Pakistani government’s mass surveillance capacities to date, according to a new Privacy International report released today, “Tipping the Scales: Surveillance and security in Pakistan”. The project is the first Pakistani government-run centralised mass surveillance project to be publicly revealed.