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The emergency surveillance legislation will make us safer

11 July 2014 9:24

Isabel wonders whether it is a good thing that all main parties allied in passing emergency surveillance legislation into law yesterday. While it’s true that legislation passed without any significant… Continue reading

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It's not the just NSA spying on us online, it's the big IT firms too. Illustration: Morten Morland

Hypocrisy alert: big tech firms complain of data intrusion

9 December 2013 18:28

It’s time to reform government surveillance, so say the internet’s tech giants. Following the stream of NSA spying revelations from The Guardian; AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and… Continue reading

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Where is this man cutting government spending? Find out for yourself with the new GIST website.

Getting the GIST on government spending?

30 July 2013 8:27

Did you know that DFID cost each person in the country £97 last year? Or that the DWP spent £173 billion in 2012-13? Or that the BBC cost each person… Continue reading

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The battle for Eastleigh: not just on the ground. Photo: PA.

The Tories take tips from Obama in Eastleigh

19 February 2013 12:04

Eastleigh could be a turning point in by-election history. Not because the Tories are looking like they may well lose, as the Times (£) suggests this morning, but as the moment the party… Continue reading

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The government argues that it wouldn't be cost-effective to digitise the entire passport application process, but there are other cases where going digital would save money. Picture: Getty

Revealed: the most expensive government services

19 January 2013 19:14

Anyone mulling how the government can save a tidy sum of money could do a lot worse than to sift through the slew of data released this week by the Cabinet… Continue reading

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Is our personal information in safe hands? Image: Getty

Do you trust your council with your child’s personal details?

12 November 2012 12:30

This morning The Sunday Times revealed the existence of a ‘secret database’ holding information on 8 million schoolchildren. Information which has been uploaded by schools and social workers, and ranging… Continue reading

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Julian Huppert argues that the Communications Data Bill should not get the support of MPs and peers.

Why the ‘snooping’ Communications Data Bill will not pass through Parliament

5 October 2012 12:23

I believe in evidence-based policy, and if the Home Office or anyone else claims that they need new powers over the people of this country, the onus is on them to… Continue reading

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