Supporter Newsletter: March 2018

It’s been an extremely busy March in the world of digital rights so let’s get right into it!

Cambridge Analytica

Easily the biggest story from this month has been revelations around the relationship between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. Facebook’s dubious understanding of consent has led to an understandable sense of betrayal - leading to calls for people to #deleteFacebook. 

If you want to delete your account, our Legal Officer Alex Haydock has contributed some tips here. Or if you don’t want to delete just yet but do want to better manage your relationship with Facebook tactical tech have some useful tips here.

Revelations are still continuing to emerge about the scandal, but there is one thing the government can do fairly quickly - and that is adopt Article 80(2) in the Data Protection Bill.

As it stands if your data was given to Dr Aleksandr Kogan through your friend’s use of an app, you have to know that that has happened, and then instruct an organisation like ORG to act on your behalf. If the government implement Article 80 (2) - then organisations will be able to challenge bad data protection practices without first being instructed.

This won’t resolve these issues, but it is a valuable first step.

Age Verification Delayed and Consultation opens

This month brought the good news that implementation of age verification is being delayed until ‘by the end of the year’, in order to give the BBFC time to consult on their guidance for AV. It is deeply concerning to us that the delay came just two weeks before implementation was supposed to happen. It has been apparent for a long time that AV would not be ready in time, but the Government kept pushing ahead until the very last minute.

The BBFC’s consultation is now open, you can find it here - ORG will be issuing a response to the consultation as soon as possible, along with guidance for you if you want to respond.

The deadline to respond is 23 April 2018.


Today is the last day of the Scottish Government’s consultation on e-voting! Over the past month over 100 of you have told the government exactly what you think of e-voting.

E-voting fails the fundamental tests for any electoral system - it is not secure, anonymous, verifiable, and it falls down in terms of public trust. Here at ORG we’ve been working hard to make our concerns clear to members of parliament in both Scotland and Wales, asking them to drop their proposals for e-voting!

Quick Fire News

The Independent Advisory Group on the Use of Biometric Data in Scotland have produced their report, you can read it here

Christopher Wylie, former Research Director for Cambridge Analytica, gave some shocking evidence to the Parliamentary inquiry into fake news - you can watch here

We, along with Privacy International and 26 other privacy organisations, sent an open letter urging European governments to strengthen privacy protections in the new ePrivacy reform - find out more here

ORG: Out and About

ORG Glasgow: Monthly Meet-Up

Join ORG Glasgow and Paul Mason to discuss the GDPR, and an event they are planning in May!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

ORG Leeds: Modern Threats to Free Speech Online

Could new plans to make Britain "the safest place in the world to be online" have unintended consequences? Hear from ORG campaigns manager Mike Morel and legal officer Alex Haydock about how the Government is working with social media companies to decide acceptable standards for online content

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

ORG Edinburgh: Modern Threats to Free Speech Online

Learn how heavy fines encourage the use of not-so-smart filters that can silence free speech, and how murky definitions of 'harmful content' give social media companies unprecedented control over free expression. No experience is necessary to attend this FREE event.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

We’re pleased to announce 5 new wonderful corporate supporters:

  • London Trust Media/ Private Internet Access

  • Paul A Young Chocolatier

  • LC hosts

  • Ravex

  • Open Data Services Cooperative

ORG’s Corporate Supporters help us to fight for the rights to privacy and free speech. If you own or work for a company that shares our values and concerns, please contact