UPDATED: Is the ‘Snooper’s charter’ inevitable?

Posted on Jan 23 2015 | Make a comment

On Monday we published an article in response to the Government’s latest cries for increased surveillance powers and data retention and asked if the highly controversial ‘Snooper’s charter’ was inevitable. It appears three of the Lords (Lord Blair, Lord Carlisle and Lord King) believe it should be, as they have attempted to push through 18 pages worth of ‘amendments’ to the existing CTSB (Counter Terrorism and Security Bill) in yet another last minute and underhand move. If successful, this move would see the CTSB echo the previously rejected Snooper’s charter (aka Communications Data Bill).

Paul Heritage Redpath1 UPDATED: Is the ‘Snooper’s charter’ inevitable?

Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager

The most worrying aspect of this latest development is that by passing these ‘amendments’ through at this stage of the parliamentary process they could enter into law without the proper parliamentary scrutiny and industry input that we’d all hoped for and is reasonable to expect. In fact, most of the amendments are reportedly key aspects that were rejected in the original ‘Snooper’s charter’ – so they are literally trying to resurrect it!

We expected additional powers to be introduced at some point but we are very disappointed that once again measures previously disputed are being ‘sneaked in’ without proper consideration and consultation. After the shambles of the DEA (also passed through in a pre-election back-door process), we’d hoped lessons had been learned. It seems we were wrong.

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Is the ‘Snooper’s charter’ inevitable?

Posted on Jan 19 2015 | Make a comment

Following the tragic events in Paris earlier this month, the Government has once again called for enhanced surveillance capabilities for the intelligence services, which would mean further data retention from ISPs and telecoms providers. This is far from the first time this has been suggested, so we ask: Is the controversial ‘Snooper’s charter’ inevitable in one form or another?

Paul Heritage Redpath1 Is the ‘Snooper’s charter’ inevitable?

Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager

What is the ‘Snooper’s Charter’?

The original ‘Snooper’s charter’ or ‘Communications Data Bill’ was drafted by the Home Secretary, Theresa May to increase the amount of data ISPs and telecoms providers record and store and provide greater access to this information for the intelligence services and police to help them combat terrorism and serious crime. Due to concerns over cost, privacy and security of the sheer amount of data involved, the draft Bill was blocked by Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats earlier this year. However, this wasn’t the first attempt by Government to increase the collection of and access to data for the security services. The previous Government had tried to implement the Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) which was also opposed by the Lib Dems (and the Conservatives). It wasn’t completely abandoned though and seemed to reappear under the guise of the Communications Capabilities Development Programme.

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2015 – The Year of Ethernet?

Posted on Jan 13 2015 | Make a comment

Happy New Year!

In 2014 we were delighted to achieve record Ethernet sales as we saw demand for Ethernet based solutions rocket and through careful forecasting we expect this coming year to be even more fruitful. That’s why we think 2015 will be ‘The Year of Ethernet’!

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Stephen Barclay, Head of Sales

Why is Ethernet growing?

The popularity of new cost effective Ethernet based solutions such as EFM and GEA are making it more accessible and affordable to a larger number of (smaller) businesses. This, coupled with the ever increasing consumption of bandwidth and growing reliance on connectivity for business critical applications and communications, means that more businesses are turning towards Ethernet to ensure guaranteed service and benefit from increased speeds and scalable bandwidth options.

But it’s not just about new Ethernet customers. Over recent years as bandwidth requirements continue to grow for most businesses we have seen a significant increase in the adoption of higher speed connections from existing customers, upgrading their current connections and scaling up their bandwidth requirements.

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2014 – The Best Bits of Opinion

Posted on Dec 17 2014 | Make a comment
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Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing at Entanet

As avid readers of our Opinion blog we’re sure you’re already aware of the major issues that have plagued the industry over the last 12 months, but just in case you missed any our latest eBook gives you a quick recap of the best, and most important, bits.

It covers the ongoing data retention debacle, the increasing pressure on ISPs regarding security, the legal protection for net neutrality, the unexpected ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling, the never ending fight against piracy and the expected role of ISPs, ISPAs plans to improve the ADR system and a look at the key trends of 2014!

You can download it for free

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Meet the author – Neil Watson

Posted on Dec 02 2014 | Make a comment

It’s time for another ‘meet the author’ article and this time we are introducing our Head of Service Operations, Neil Watson…

Neil Watson Meet the author – Neil Watson

Neil Watson, Head of Service Operations


How long have you worked at Entanet?

I’ve not long surpassed my 8 year anniversary – and boy has it gone quickly!

What are your key responsibilities within the business and what are your areas of expertise?

I’m responsible for running the technical support, customer services, premier support and solutions provision teams.

With regards to opinion, which topics do you usually cover and why?

I tend to cover a range of subjects from net neutrality, data retention to BDUK and anything operational. Net neutrality is a key principle of the Internet and any attempt to create a multi-tiered access, especially for commercial gains, should be resisted. I’ve also covered content controls and, whilst anyone that could be considered vulnerable should be protected, I don’t believe that forcing ISPs to become the front line of such controls is a sensible approach – I’d much prefer to tackle the causes rather than implement something that will be simple to circumnavigate.

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