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Communications and other data (2)

In the first article ( Guilt by Association ) I listed three factors that people tended to miss when advocating more powers for the security services and police. The third was the impact of Big Data. I have written on this topic before (eg here and here), but I do not seem to have written […]

Guilt by association

The draft Bill was published at lunch-time today. The document is almost 300 pages long and I have not begun to look at the detail. But the two essential points are clear. First, Theresa May has grasped that she cannot get the Bill through Commons or Lords without granting more oversight to the judges, so […]

Protecting us from Armageddon

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole […]

Miranda rights

In the USA, police have to read suspects their “Miranda rights”. The name is based on Miranda v Arizona 384 US 436 (1966), a Supreme Court judgment which makes a defendant’s admissions inadmissible at trial if police fail to inform him adequately of his rights. A curious coincidence, because the current silly season story is […]

Tempora and Prism (2)

It is not entirely clear where Snowden currently is, and certainly unclear where he is heading. Rumours are swirling about Venezuela, Cuba and Ecuador. He seems to have flown from Hong Kong to Moscow, with a view to flying on from there. Russia seems to be enjoying it. Commenting on Washington demands that Russia instantly […]