2 Threats to Digital Rights: The Counter-Terrorism Bill & IMSI Catchers

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Join Open Rights Group Norwich for an important talk on ‘Two Threats to Civil Liberties and Digital Rights: (i) the Counter-Terrorism & Border Security Bill (ii) the use of IMSI-catchers by UK state agencies’. We’re lucky enough to have Zehrah Hasan of Liberty as our speaker.

(i) Among other unprecedented attacks on individuals’ rights and privacy, the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill contains proposals to criminalise watching online content “likely to be useful for terrorist purposes” even if the content is viewed with no terrorist intent. The offence would carry a prison sentence of up to 15 years. These proposals, if carried, would seriously hamper the work of academic researchers and investigative journalists. Zehrah will talk about effective lobbying of Parliamentarians to remove these and other proposed clauses in the Bill, which will be working its way through the House of Lords in October and then returning to the Commons for the third Reading (final debate).

(ii) Did you know that, if you attend any public event – eg rally, concert, march, festival, picket - the police can extract personal information from your mobile phone? IMSI catchers are surveillance tools which trick mobile phones into connecting with them and revealing personal information. Some IMSI-catchers can also intercept data, including the contents of phone calls, text messages and internet traffic. This technology can and has been used by police in the UK to help identify everyone attending public events like demonstrations. Liberty, along with Privacy International, has launched a Tribunal appeal to find out which police forces in England and Wales have this technology and, if so, how/when/why it’s being used. The use of IMSI-catchers and other surveillance technology by the police needs to be clearly defined in law and put under proper oversight.

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