D is for Database: We Know Where You Live (What You Had For Dinner, Which Websites You Visit Most … )

You might be forgiven, after all the hullabaloo surrounding the cancelling of ID Cards shortly after the Coalition took power last May, for thinking that we’d entered an age of a more enlightened approach to data collection. Surveying the recent rash of revelations about the info various...

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Database State: two months after the Freedom Bill, are civil liberties violations back on the agenda?

It all started so promisingly. Amid promises to ‘end the storage of email and internet records without good reason’, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition apparently undertook the arduous task of restoring to the British populace the civil liberties that Labour eroded during...

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What does ‘freedom’ really mean to the coalition?

We realise we’ve been banging on about the Freedom Bill a lot over the past couple of weeks. When a bill arrives with such fanfare, however, and such an influence on our lives, it tends to catch our attention. Especially so, since the more we look at it, the more the bill reveals about...

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The Freedom Bill: an expression of the Coalition’s schizophrenic approach to civil liberties?

The recently-released Freedom Bill, hyperbolically described as the most important advance in civil liberties in this country since the 1689 Bill of Rights, is certainly a step forward for the state of civil liberties. A lot of it, certainly, is concerned with repealing desperately illiberal...

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