A bill giving the UK intelligence agencies and police the most sweeping surveillance powers in the western world has passed into law with barely a whimper, meeting only token resistance over the past 12 months from inside parliament and barely any from outside.
The Investigatory Powers Act, passed on Thursday, legalises a whole range of tools for snooping and hacking by the security services unmatched by any other country in western Europe or even the US.
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Time For Truth: (The Guardian) – 'Extreme surveillance' becomes UK law with barely a whimper
Law authorities have warned they believe criminals are using Android phones to trigger fraudulent tap-and-go payments.
The alert comes in Europol’s annual Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment report.
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Time For Truth: (BBC News) – Europol warns of Android tap-and-go thefts
“Obama has managed to put together the most intensive surveillance state in the history of the world,” the ‘Snowden’ director told THR while discussing his film at the Toronto Film Festival. “This is pretty frightening when you think about the implications.”
Oliver Stone warned against the dangers of global surveillance in a sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto Film Festival.
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Time For Truth: (Hollywood Reporter) – Oliver Stone: Unhappy with Obama and Says Surveillance "In the Hands of the Wrong President, It's Very Dangerous"
The radical shift in the NSA’s surveillance strategy to “collect it all” began in the UK, according to new revelations in the latest cache of documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
During a June 2008 visit to the Menwith Hill monitoring station in North Yorkshire, then-director of the NSA Keith Alexander asked: “Why can’t we collect all the signals, all the time?” He went on: “Sounds like a good summer homework project for Menwith!”
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Time For Truth: (Ars Technica) – New Snowden leaks reveal “collect it all” surveillance was born in the UK
In the summer of 1972, state-of-the-art campaign spying consisted of amateur burglars, armed with duct tape and microphones, penetrating the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. Today, amateur burglars have been replaced by cyberspies, who penetrated the DNC armed with computers and sophisticated hacking tools.
Where the Watergate burglars came away empty-handed and in handcuffs, the modern- day cyber thieves walked away with tens of thousands of sensitive political documents and are still unidentified.
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Time For Truth: (Reuters) – Commentary: Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA