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How the Investigatory Powers Bill will affect Internet Service Providers

By Pam Cowburn on Dec 22, 2015.

By Pam Cowburn Dec 22 2015

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The draft Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) has serious implications for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), who could be both obliged to assist the state in surveillance and also adversely affected by other provisions in the Bill, such as new hacking powers.

Ten Triumphs of 2015

By Ruth Coustick-Deal on Dec 18, 2015.

By Ruth Coustick-Deal Dec 18 2015

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Let's take a moment to look back on 2015, and some of our top moments during this year.

The Investigatory Powers Bill: PR myth list

By Ruth Coustick-Deal on Dec 10, 2015.

By Ruth Coustick-Deal Dec 10 2015

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In the weeks since the Investigatory Powers Bill was officially released, we've seen a lot of Government PR. They are trying their best to assure us that we have nothing to be worried about, but we're not convinced.

Responding to "Nothing to hide, Nothing to fear"

By Ruth Coustick-Deal on Dec 04, 2015.

By Ruth Coustick-Deal Dec 04 2015

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Every time we talk about mass surveillance, privacy or the security services’ powers we and our supporters find ourselves at the other end of that familiar phrase, “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear”. It's time to challenge that.

First take on the Investigatory Powers Bill

By Pam Cowburn on Nov 05, 2015.

By Pam Cowburn Nov 05 2015

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The long-awaited Investigatory Powers Bill has been published at last. The draft Bill is almost 300 pages long so it is going to take us a while to go through the detail but here is our first take on what it contains.

Investigatory Powers Bill published and now the fight is on

By Ed Johnson-Williams on Nov 04, 2015.

By Ed Johnson-Williams Nov 04 2015

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The Government’s just published the draft Investigatory Powers Bill. It will decide the surveillance powers that the police and intelligence have for years to come.

Bring on the fight for free expression

By Ruth Coustick-Deal on Oct 29, 2015.

By Ruth Coustick-Deal Oct 29 2015

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Yesterday the Prime Minister said that whilst "sputtering over his cornflakes" he decided to legislate to implement filters for adult content.

Why ORG is offering to help protect MPs’ communications

By Pam Cowburn on Oct 16, 2015.

By Pam Cowburn Oct 16 2015

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Open Rights Group has written to all UK MPs to offer training to help them keep their communications private. We did this in response to this week’s ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) that the Wilson Doctrine does not protect MPs’ communications from surveillance by the intelligence agencies. We believe those communications should be protected.

Why the CJEU ruling on #SafeHarbor is a landmark victory for privacy rights

By Javier Ruiz on Oct 06, 2015.

By Javier Ruiz Oct 06 2015

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The Court of Justice of the EU has ruled that Safe Harbor, the major legal instrument for the transfer of personal data to the US, is invalid due to the lack of protections against mass surveillance by the US government.

ORG launches Corporate Supporter Scheme

By Pam Cowburn on Sep 25, 2015.

By Pam Cowburn Sep 25 2015

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It has been ten years since 1,000 digital activists donated £5 a month to create Open Rights Group. As we approach our 10th anniversary, we now have over 3,000 paying members. Then, as now, ORG’s mission was to support the rights of individuals. Our core belief is that people have the right to control their technology, and we oppose the use of technology to control people.

Many organisations, and the people who work for them, also recognise the benefits of fair laws, transparency and an open and free Internet which benefit them, as well as citizens. A number of businesses have supported us for many years - for example, Bytemark provide our web servers and Andrews & Arnold are instrumental in the running of our Blocked project. Now, ORG has launched our Corporate Supporter Scheme to invite more organisations that believe in digital rights to support our work. We’re delighted to announce that the first businesses to become official ORG Corporate Supporters are Andrews & ArnoldGrit Digital and Valcato Hosting. We hope that many more organisations will join them.

There are many examples of shared areas of concern for individuals and businesses. One of these has been recent media speculation about Government plans for accessing encrypted communications. With issues such as this, the tech sector benefits from ORG calling for the right to encrypt our communications and online transactions. Equally, our campaigns can benefit from their support – not just financially – but by adding their voice to the debate. Getting the business perspective on Government policies and and technical developments will also help us to have more informed policy positions. After all, it is often businesses that have to implement Government policies and they are very aware of their flaws.

Human rights are at the heart of everything we do, so we will only invite companies and organisations that support our aims and values to become Corporate Supporters, and we won't, at any point, start promoting their products.

We'd like to thank our Corporate Supporters for helping to make ORG's work even more effective. If you run or work for a business that supports digital rights, you can find out more about our Corporate Supporter scheme here, or by emailing me for more information: pam@openrightsgroup.org