PRISM - What is it and how does it affect UK?

What is PRISM? How does it affect UK citizens, businesses, NGOs, politicians and journalists? And how does it fit into UK and US law?

Come along to Parliament on 27th June at 3PM to hear about PRISM and what it means for the UK.

Hosted by Tom Watson MP, the event is bringing together experts on UK and US surveillance law to help inform the debate on PRISM and surveillance.

Caspar Bowden will be talking about the American law which allowed the PRISM programme and how PRISM can be used by the US to access the data of non-US citizens and businesses.

Simon McKay will be speaking on the UK laws governing surveillance and how they interact with the PRISM programme.

David Davis MP will also be speaking to give his views on PRISM and its relevance to the UK.

Reserve your place now to take part in what promises to be a fascinating discussion.

Tom Watson MP is the Labour MP for West Bromwich East and Deputy Chair of the Labour Party.

Caspar Bowden is an expert on FISAAA, the law underpinning PRISM. He was previously Chief Privacy Officer at Microsoft for nine years.

Simon McKay is a solicitor advocate specialising in intelligence and covert policing. He is a former adviser to the UK Government on terrorism and covert policing.

David Davis MP is the Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden, and a former Shadow Home Secretary.

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  • Jamie Dowling

    An enlightening discussion which confirmed the very thing I said to the APCOMMS committee - that government hasn't got a clue in dealing with tech issues. Mr Davis confirmed that in saying the government's oversight measures weren't just ineffective, they were non-existent.

    June 30

  • Open Rights Group

    We've got a review and press round up here:­

    June 28

  • Jon Silverman

    informative and timely. acoustics were a little ropey

    June 28

  • ben

    wow, watching question time right now and i'm astonished with the crap they are a saying, best go the the source and attend sessions like these.

    1 · June 28

  • Desiree Miloshevic

    I was lucky to attend. Great discussion & a lot of work to do: "Rip off RIPA and start again"

    1 · June 27

  • Lou Greenwood

    Very enlightening, thanks to all involved!

    June 27

  • Peter Feltham

    Very useful meeting. Thanks to all concerned.

    June 27

  • Ashley Adkins

    Excellent event! - it was great to hear so really interesting and considered views on the matter.

    1 · June 27

  • Rebecca Gibbs

    Unfortunately I can no longer attend due to an urgent work commitment. I am very disappointed and am very sorry for the short notice - I was very much hoping to get away in time. I look forward to attending your next event.

    June 27

  • Hiren

    Yeah same, unfortunately I'm no longer going to be able to come :(

    June 27

  • "Ahmed" Anwar Hossain

    Sadly, cannot make it today.

    June 27

  • Andrew Ford Lyons

    Producer and project manager for Rory Peck Trust, interested in digital security for freelance news gatherers and their sources.

    June 26

  • Andrew Watson

    East Anglian Regional Coordinator, NO2ID

    June 26

  • Vicram

    Many thanks for organising the event, very much looking forward to it. Reading the link Ben posted­ it suggests we need to bring an invitation/confirmation letter/ticket "Please bring your invitation/confirmation letter/ticket with you to the event as these will form part of the security procedures.

    You may be asked to show proof of identity."

    Any thoughts on this??

    June 25

    • Open Rights Group

      "Attending sponsored events at Parliament" "The Houses of Parliament hosts private events for invited members of the public. Guests should ensure they bring their approved invitation card and follow the instructions of security staff at all times."

      June 26

    • Open Rights Group

      That page says, however this is a public event, not a private event. "Parliament is open to all members of the UK public and overseas visitors. You can attend debates and watch committee hearings, tour the buildings or climb the famous Elizabeth Tower and see Big Ben." http://www.parliament...­ - see also http://www.parliament...­

      1 · June 26

  • cathal young

    Id love to see this

    June 25

  • Mark Richards

    Another quick question: having not been to the commons before, do we just arrive and ask at the door for Committee Room 6 and walk right in or will there be a more complicated process?

    June 24

    • Louise

      As Ed says, get there with plenty of time, because there will undoubtedly be a very slow queue to get through security.

      June 24

    • ben

      1 · June 25

  • Chris Nicholson

    A quick question: is putting our name to this meet-up enough to guarantee our place there? Tom Watson MP seemed to suggest you needed to send an email to a particular person before you had a safe booking.

    June 24

  • terence freedman

    Interesting but sadly booked elsewhere.

    June 17

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