MPs and members of the House of Lords do not have special privileges in law protecting them from surveillance by Britain’s spies, judges have ruled, despite the Home Secretary insisting just days ago that they do. The widely held parliamentary convention that there should be no tapping of the phones or computers of MPs and […]

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An investigation spanning the US and Europe is under way after tens of millions of dollars was stolen from bank accounts. The thefts are believed to have been facilitated by a strain of malware known variously as Dridex, Bugat, and Cridex, enabling a group known as Evil Corp to siphon off funds. The malware has […]

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  Every PM since Harold Wilson may have reassured MPs and peers they were not being spied on, but many parliamentarians had suspicions to the contrary For almost 60 years, the Wilson doctrine has been regarded as a touchstone of British political life. MPs and members of the House of Lords were told repeatedly that […]

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Documents exposed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden reveal GCHQ has been collecting data about people’s news, social media, music and pornography consumption and that it’s been tapping internet traffic from transatlantic fibre-optic cables similar to the Hibernia Atlantic line that links with Project Kelvin. In fact, a secret Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) cable map obtained by […]

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With radio interviews and meetings with the data companies, the government is trying to force the pace on new laws Andrew Parker became the first ever MI5 boss to give a live interview this morning, choosing the Today programme to emphasise the importance of being able to collect and monitor electronic activity. On Tuesday, internet […]

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Andrew Parker also says telecoms firms should provide more help in monitoring suspected terrorists and paedophiles The head of MI5, Andrew Parker, has called for more up-to-date surveillance powers and said tech companies had an ethical responsibility to provide more help in monitoring the communications of suspected terrorists and paedophiles. In the first live media […]

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Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, speaking on Radio 4’s Today Programme, says social media sites and telecoms companies must do more to assist the security services. Parker says companies have an ethical responsibility to come forward when they become aware of their services being used to propagate terrorism or distribute child pornography Listen to […]

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UK intelligence agency wants you to simplify your approach to online passwords. But will you take data-protection advice from the organisation famed for its snooping exploits? The UK intelligence agency responsible for vast amounts of snooping, as exposed by the Snowden revelations, has released new password guidelines. GCHQ and the Centre for the Protection of […]

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As the Labour movement’s attention is focused on our leadership contest, the government is busy preparing new legislation for the autumn. One of the first and most significant items on the agenda will be the investigatory powers bill, which will contain new powers for the government to conduct surveillance in the UK. Whoever is elected […]

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Death of Reyaad Khan marks a significant departure for the UK, with ministers yet to rule out further targeted strikes David Cameron’s admission that the UK has targeted and killed Reyaad Khan, a prominent member of Islamic State represents the first killing of a British citizen by a UK military drone. Related: Reyaad Khan, Junaid […]

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David Cameron wants US tech sector companies to do more to fight terrorism. But they’ve grown too powerful to listen If you want to understand how modern British and American intelligence services operate, you could do worse than visit the new exhibition that opens at Bletchley Park this week. It tells the story of code-breaking […]

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James Eadie QC tells investigatory powers tribunal the Wilson doctrine is unworkable in era of bulk interception by intelligence agencies The 50-year-old political convention that the UK’s intelligence agencies will not intercept the communications of MPs and members of the Lords cannot survive in an age of bulk interception, government lawyers have conceded. The so-called […]

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