The emergency data bill – trampling on the rights of citizens

Posted on Jul 11 2014 | Make a comment

The government has secured the backing of all three main parties to rush through an emergency data bill named the Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill (DRIP) before Parliament recedes for the summer to ensure police and security services can continue to access records on phone calls, text messages and Internet usage from ISPs.

Paul Heritage Redpath1 The emergency data bill   trampling on the rights of citizens

Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager

The new bill follows the European Court of Justice ruling that the EU’s Data Retention Directive (DRD) was invalid because it failed to put adequate safeguards in place. Despite the government knowing this since April, it has only now been deemed an ‘emergency’ to take the steps it says it needs to.

Prime Minister, David Cameron said: “I am simply not prepared to be a prime minister who has to address the people after a terrorist incident and explain that I could have done more to prevent it.”

“This is about restoring two vital measures ensuring that our law enforcement and intelligence agencies maintain the right tools to keep us all safe”

Really? Does Mr Cameron truly think that by saying “terrorist” and “paedophiles” that the public are going to buy into the legislation when the ECJ deemed the EU’s DRD invalid?

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Poll: Does the UK need to re-evaluate its own data retention laws and should ISPs still be expected to retain and provide data to GCHQ etc?

Posted on Jul 08 2014 | Make a comment

Back in May we discussed the ECJ’s ruling that current EU laws regarding the retention of data were invalid and its potential effect on the UK. As pressure mounts from a number of privacy advocates including ORG, who are running an e-petition to stop ISPs retaining data, The Guardian reports that ministers are getting ready to pass emergency laws. The government will need cross party support to successfully get the new laws through quickly. According to this report government appears to have secured this but the Lib Dems are insisting the new laws will reinstate the existing powers and will not introduce the controversial ‘snoopers charter.

“The government does have to respond to the European court of justice ruling, which we are currently examining, and will respond in due course. But that is about the retention of existing powers rather than their extension.”

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The A-Z of industry issues (part 2)

Posted on Jul 02 2014 | Make a comment

Here it is, what you’ve all been waiting for……the second part of our A-Z, or should that be K-Z of industry issues!

darren farnden The A Z of industry issues (part 2)

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

K – Kids and protecting them online

How do we effectively protect our children online? Where does parental responsibility end and parental controls begin? It’s a fine balancing act and an important one. Whilst we commend the largest consumer focused ISPs for providing free parental controls to help guard against unsuitable material for minors, it’s not the end of the story. This needs to be backed up with education and parental responsibility. This site contains some useful advice: http://www.saferinternet.org/safer-internet-day.

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The A-Z of industry issues (Part 1)

Posted on Jun 25 2014 | Make a comment

We cover a great deal of topical industry matters on this blog so as a quick overview and update, here is an (almost) complete A-Z to highlight some of the most controversial ones that we discuss regularly and that you might be interested in or at least should be aware of…

darren farnden The A Z of industry issues (Part 1)

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

A – ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

Back in 2012 OFCOM announced its plans to change the current ADR system for ISPs to make it more consistent. With the current system, very similar complaints can be dealt with very differently leading to dissatisfaction for the ISPs and the complainants. Little news has followed this announcement as OFCOM continued to gather feedback on the proposals but in March 2014 ISPA echoed our original perspective and called for changes to the cost allocation of the disputes as ISPs are usually left to pay for the ADR charges even when they win their cases. This is one to keep an eye on and we will provide updates as further news is announced.

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Focus on fibre: How can resellers benefit from the rollout’s progress?

Posted on Jun 02 2014 | 1 Comment

The rollout of superfast broadband in the UK continues to dominate the headlines as BT and the Government (along with other ISPs and organisations) continue to invest heavily in delivering these services.

Stephen Barclay Focus on fibre: How can resellers benefit from the rollout’s progress?

Stephen Barclay, Head of Sales

BT’s investment has focused on delivering fibre based broadband and in particular FTTC, so we decided to take a look at their progress since the initial targets were set back in 2008:

At the start of the programme a £1.5billion investment was promised from BT with a target of reaching 40% UK coverage by 2012.This was quickly increased to £2.5billion with a 66% coverage target by 2014.

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