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

Posted on Jan 23 2015 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on UPDATED: Is the ‘Snooper’s charter’ inevitable?

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).

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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2014 – The Best Bits of Opinion

Posted on Dec 17 2014 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on 2014 – The Best Bits of Opinion
Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

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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The new Counter Terrorism and Security Bill – Will the UK Government ever listen to industry?

Posted on Nov 26 2014 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on The new Counter Terrorism and Security Bill – Will the UK Government ever listen to industry?

Here we go again! Another classic example of rushed-through legislation without sufficient industry input or parliamentary scrutiny (or even technical understanding), in reaction to a high profile (and in this case highly emotive) issue in the run up to an election. Is this ringing any bells? No it’s not the DEA this time, it’s the brand new Counter Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) which has been published today.

Following yesterday’s published review into the tragic death of Fusilier Lee Rigby, which found that his death could not have been prevented by MI5 and instead criticised the ‘ISP’ (which in actual fact wasn’t an ISP but the social media platform Facebook!) for not monitoring its customers’ communications and reporting potential threats to the authorities, the Government has today published a new Bill which is set to target the increasing terrorism threat to the UK.

Unfortunately, once again Parliament has failed to grasp the technical aspects of this issue. Not only have they confused Facebook (and Google) with ‘ISPs’, they seem to think that this new Bill will enable ISPs to ‘snoop’ on their customers’ social media posts – which isn’t the case. Facebook in particular encrypts all information, which means no UK ISP will be able to access this information, regardless of the new laws! The additional fact that Facebook is a US-based company adds to the un-likelihood that they will comply with any ‘requests’ from the UK to change these practices.

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Nee Naw Nee Naw – Internet police coming through!

Posted on Nov 11 2014 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on Nee Naw Nee Naw – Internet police coming through!
Categories : Privacy, Regulation, Security

Once again the role of technology firms has been called into question in the never ending debate over ‘policing the Internet’. This time its new GCHQ boss, Robert Hannigan, who has suggested the need for a new ‘deal’ between the technology industry and intelligence organisations such as GCHQ.

Hannigan requested the new deal between “democratic governments and technology companies in the area of protecting our citizens”. However, Julian David, CEO of TechUK which represents 860 technology companies has been amongst the first to reject the idea stating: “To ensure public confidence, both in the digital economy and our democracy as a whole, any obligations placed upon technology companies must be based upon a clear and transparent legal framework and effective oversight rather than, as suggested, a deal between the industry and government,”

Hannigan also suggested that technology firms are in ‘denial’ about the use of their services by criminal and terrorist organisations to which David replied:

“He is wrong to suggest that this is an issue that technology companies are in denial about. As we made clear in our recent tech manifesto, technology firms which we represent have important legal obligations to work with government to help keep the UK safe and secure which they take extremely seriously.”

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Balancing privacy and security

Posted on Sep 09 2014 by Neil Watson | Comments Off on Balancing privacy and security
Categories : Government, Privacy, Regulation

We recently discussed the hastily brought in DRIP (Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act) and our dismay at the lack of consultation, debate and scrutiny this new law faced despite its impact on every UK citizen’s privacy. Now that the dust has settled and further information has emerged, let’s inspect the new law more closely and discuss its impact…

What is DRIP and why is it needed?

Following the ECJ’s ruling back in April that existing EU laws governing data retention were invalid due to their lack of safeguards to protect citizens privacy, our Government (in their infinite wisdom) rushed through a so called “emergency” law called DRIP. DRIP ensures that communications providers are still legally required to collect and store data and provide this data to our police and security services when necessary. The Government argued that, without DRIP, communications providers would have been forced to ‘delete’ such data in compliance with existing data protection laws and therefore the security services and police would have lost access to this information permanently with suggested serious repercussions in the fight against terrorism and serious crime.

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Meet the author – Paul Heritage-Redpath

Posted on Aug 19 2014 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on Meet the author – Paul Heritage-Redpath

We thought it was about time you got to know a bit more about the authors of this blog, their areas of expertise and what makes them tick. After all, you’re spending your valuable time reading what they have to say and listening to their opinions! Therefore, we plan to periodically publish a ‘Meet the Author’ article to help you get to know each one a little better. We’ll kick it off with Paul Heritage-Redpath, Entanet’s Product Manager…

Paul

Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager

How long have you worked at Entanet Paul?

2 years 6 months – which doesn’t seem like 5 minutes…

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

As Product Manager at Entanet I am responsible for ensuring we deliver the right voice and data products to our partners to empower them to succeed. That breaks down into four main areas: providing market insight to the management team; defining and testing the feasibility of new products; managing their development and launch including pricing and then monitoring their success in-life and retiring products as necessary. Expertise – being the go-to person on the details of our portfolio means life is never dull, as things change all the time.

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Is our ‘right to be forgotten’ the first step towards censorship?

Posted on Jul 30 2014 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on Is our ‘right to be forgotten’ the first step towards censorship?
Categories : Government, Privacy, Regulation

Following an ECJ ruling back in May, as EU citizens we now have a ‘right to be forgotten’ which means we have the right to request the removal of links to any irrelevant, outdated, excessive or inaccurate information about us from search engines and other non-media websites.

Paul

Paul Heritage-Redpath, Product Manager

This obviously has huge implications for the search engine giants. Google, who recently discussed their response to this ruling with EU regulators, has reportedly received 91,000 requests covering a total of 328,000 links and has already approved more than 50% of the removals.

The ruling has caused a huge amount of controversy. Not only are people debating the impact of ‘censoring’ the Internet (which we will come back to shortly) but the EU is reportedly unhappy with the fact that Google currently notifies the owners of the affected websites when a link is removed. In a small number of cases this has actually awoken the original reporters who then revisited the story, which quite clearly completely defeats the point of the ruling.

So, if you have something you want taken down, do you take the chance of reporting the links and potentially having the story shared all over the news again or do you ignore it and hope no one notices?

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The emergency data bill – trampling on the rights of citizens

Posted on Jul 11 2014 by Paul Heritage-Redpath | Comments Off on The emergency data bill – trampling on the rights of citizens
Categories : Government, Privacy, Regulation

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

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 by Claire Dutton-Merrills | Comments Off on 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?
Categories : Polls, Privacy, Regulation

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 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on The A-Z of industry issues (part 2)

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, Head of Marketing

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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