Big Brother Watch Hits Fifth Anniversary

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Theresa May’s least favourite pressure group, Big Brother Watch, is five years old today. As the government increases spying on us in the name of security the need for civil libertarians to keep a watchful eye on the those who now have the technology to listen and monitor our every move is greater than ever.

Not many organisations unite the likes of David Davis and Alan Rusbridger in support…

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UPDATE: The party in Paul Judge’s penthouse panoramic view overlooking the headquarters of MI6 and MI5 was one of those rare events where the libertarian left and right were united. Alan Rusbridger eulogised Ed Snowden and told supporters that politicians were understandably terrified that an atrocity would happen on their watch. Pointing out that after the Sony hacking politicians called for tougher encyrption, than after the Charlie Hebdo attack the same politicians called for softer encryption standards. David Davis, after pointing out that the Guardian was the only paper standing up for civil liberties, warned that although neither the US or UK we’re a police state, all the technology is in place to create one.

 

 




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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”

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