It's been a big month for ORG - we've got a lot going on! Read on to find out everything that has been happening, and how you can get involved.
Tell your MP - the Immigration Exemption Must Go
On Monday the Data Protection Bill will be getting its Second Reading in the House of Commons. The Bill contains an immigration exemption, which if passed, would remove your right to data protection if it is likely to “prejudice effective immigration control”. If you don’t know what “prejudice effective immigration control” means - then you’re not alone, the phrase is deliberately opaque.
In reality the exemption removes the obligation on the Government to process personal information fairly and transparently, and would severely undermine important rights for millions of people living in the UK.
The Home Office's attempt to undermine data protection in this area demonstrates how easily threats to privacy can seriously impact a person's life.
The Data Protection Bill is supposed to protect your data, but this immigration exemption ensures it will do anything but. That’s why we’re asking you to write to your MP and tell them the immigration exemption must go.
If you are a member of an ORG local group, find out how your group can get involved with our campaign here!
Scotland is better off without E-voting
The Government’s new push to introduce electronic voting to Scotland would be a big step backwards for democracy.
There is no version of e-voting which meets the basic standards of a voting system:
Secure - Your vote has to be secure, steps must be taken to make sure it can’t be tampered with; but also
Anonymous - Your vote can’t be traced back to you, protecting you against coercion; but also
Verifiable - It has to be shown that one person cast this one vote, and didn’t cast another to be counted, but also continue to be secure and anonymous.
Some activities are better left offline, and voting is definitely one of them.
The Scottish Government is holding a public consultation on electoral reform that ends Monday March 12th. If you live in Scotland, we’re asking you to write in and tell them why you think Scotland is better off without E-voting.
This month we launched our new project with IF - to make proof-of-concept for a tool that helps people understand their digital rights. We had some fantastic submissions and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who submitted their thoughts! We are now working with IF to start the creation process.
Quick Fire News
A case between the US and Microsoft with significant implications for email privacy had its hearing at the US Supreme Court on the 27th - find out how ORG is involved here
Liberty has been in court, challenging the Snooper’s Charter, which must now be rewritten, find out more
Amber Rudd announced a new Government tool to identify extremist material, find out all the reasons we think this is a mistake here
ORG out and about
Join us in our monthly meetup to discuss: the current state of digital rights, what we've done in the past month, and what we are planning to do in the upcoming months.
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
ORG North East: Take control of your online life
A Newcastle Libraries and Open Rights Group North East event to help you get the digital security and privacy skills you need to make the most of the internet and your mobile phone.
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
ORG Birmingham: What the Digital Charter Will Mean for Free Speech Online
Join for a relaxed discussion about the Digital Charter and what it means for freedom of speech online.
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM