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18 March 2016
Safe and Sound
by Liberty
 sub-topic» Privacy and Encryption

Surveillance powers can play an important role in fighting serious crime. But the current framework fails to provide sufficient safeguards to ensure it is conducted in a necessary, proportionate and accountable way – online and offline.

The Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill is a once in a generation opportunity to shape our laws for the better – however current proposals will make us less safe and less free. And it's not just us saying that. Voices from across the political spectrum have joined internet companies, tech experts and civil liberty campaigners to call for an overhaul of the Bill.

03 January 2015
'Individual privacy vs collective security?' NO!
by Paul Bernal
 sub-topic» Privacy and Encryption

Privacy is often misconstrued as a purely individual right – indeed, it is sometimes characterised as an ‘anti-community’ right, a right to hide yourself away from society. Society, in this view, would be better if none of us had any privacy – a ‘transparent society’. In practice, nothing could be further from the truth: privacy is something that has collective benefit, supporting coherent societies. Privacy isn’t so much about ‘hiding’ things as being able to have some sort of control over your life. The more control people have, the more freely and positively they are likely to behave. Most of us realise this when we consider our own lives. We wear clothes, we present ourselves in particular ways, and we behave more positively as a result. We talk more freely with our friends and relations knowing (or assuming) that what we talk about won’t be plastered all over noticeboards, told to all our colleagues, to the police and so forth. Privacy has a crucial social function – it’s not about individuals vs. society. Very much the opposite.