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January 10, 2016  1:35 PM

Investigatory Powers and Civil Liberties in practice: “Think of Cicero as Al Capone’s Pocket Lawyer”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, IOCA, privacy, RIPA, Surveillance

My blog yesterday on the Scrambling for Safety event has been criticised for focusing on governance and safeguards rather than the powers themselves. Perhaps I should explain why....

November 30, 2015  11:21 AM

Does the Investigatory Powers Bill go far enough?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adware, Data protection, DRIPA, GCHQ, ICR, IPv4, IPv6, ISP, Li-Fi, RIPA, SPOC, Spyware, Surveillance, Wifi

I received the press release for the call for evidence by the Joint Scrutiny...

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January 18, 2014  7:01 AM

Has President Obama just confirmed the status of the Internet as the US on-line Stasi State?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barack Obama, Big Data, CESG, cloud, diginotar, Edward Snowden, Facebook, FOSI, GCHQ, Google, IBM, Mobile, NSA, Outsourcing, RIPA, Safer Internet Day, Surveillance, twitter, Vodafone

The actions announced by President Obama in response to the Snowden revelations have failed to put...


October 14, 2013  6:39 PM

Has the Guardian handed the Internet to the United Nations/ITU? Did it mean to?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
9/11, BBC, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, RIPA, Treason

I have been asked what I meant when I asked whether the Guardian had committed treason. Did I mean treason against the UK, or the US? Let me clarify. I meant treason against the...


June 21, 2013  7:27 PM

Another PRISM conspiracy theory: publicity is to help taxpaying UK ISPs against US tax avoiders

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, chancellor, Conspiracy, FISA, G8, guardian, President, Prism, RIPA, Yahoo

Not all conspiracy theories are compatible. We would suspect a conspiracy if they were. Ross Anderson's article in yesterday's Guardian has sparked the splendid suggestion that the...


June 11, 2013  11:28 PM

The “free market” on-line world is under attack from all directions: who wants to save what and why?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, DCMS, Fraud, FSA, Google, Impersonation, Microsoft, NFA, Prism, RIPA, Which

The storm of media cover for PRISM, the NSA equivalent for what the Communications Bill was intended to support in the


May 27, 2013  8:00 AM

Removing the media megaphone for terrorism: May moves forward while predecessors stuck in the past

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Al-Qaeda, BBC, Big Data, Crusade, Muhammad, Ofcom, RIPA, Surveillance

I was delighted to hear this morning that Theresa May is to look at new powers for Ofcom in the light of the BBC decision to compound the


May 25, 2013  8:19 AM

Giving a cyber-megaphone to global terrorism: a new twist to internet censorship debate

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, IS, Murderers, RIPA, Woolwich

I recently heard it said that terrorists were unsophisticated in their use of the Internet and the real threats lay elsewhere. This week we have seen that they do not need to be sophisticated. The BBC handed them an unprecedented propaganda coup when its website hosted a two minute video clip of...


August 6, 2012  11:19 AM

“The Surveillance Commissioner warns … ” Be very careful what you wish for

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS, DTI, Eurim, FIPR, Hawktalk, Home Office, LINX, NHSIA, NPfIT, RIPA

Last week I received an FIPR alert covering the


June 27, 2012  4:59 PM

Why are we basing surveillance policy on myth and legend?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bletchley, bletchleypark, GCHQ, RIPA, Shark, U-boat, USA Patriot Act

I have blogged before on the reluctance of both sides to admit to allow reality to enter current debate on surveillance policy. In one of my subsequent


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