Green Manifesto Sound on Surviellance

The Greens’ manifesto is out and despite its quirks, Techno is pleased to report that the tree-hugging hippies are pretty sound on one issue – digital rights. Highlights include:

  • Opposition to all all secret unaccountable mass surveillance replace RIPA
  • Replace the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act
  • Strengthen data protection laws
  • Oppose the sale of personal data from health or tax records
  • Support Open Standards in IT

Unsurprisingly there are some more outlandish digital policies including a pledge to “prevent patents applying to software.” Good luck with that…

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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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