We are Privacy International and we're fighting against the UK's government hacking powers. Ask us anything!
UK spy agency GCHQ has the extraordinary powers to hack into your phone and computer, enabling them to download all content, log keystrokes, and even switch on your mic and camera - all secretly and totally imperceptibly. And they can do this at scale, hacking potentially thousands or even millions of people not suspected of any crime. Outrageously, the UK governmnet wants to make it harder for you to legally challenge them if they hack you. The government wants to limit your right to challenge them, so that a Tribunal would have the last word if you felt you were unlawfully hacked. In no other area of law does justice stop at a tribunal - you can always take your case to a higher court if you or your lawyer think a tribunal got the law wrong. Why does the government want to be able to hack you and then limit your access to justice?
We are Privacy International, a UK-based charity, and we've been fighting the UK government's hacking powers for years. On 3-4 December we were at the Supreme Court to fight against government hacking.
Ask us anything about government hacking. Learn about why we took the government to court, why we are so concerned about the government's hacking powers and how this case is so important in terms of the balance of power between the individual and the state. Or you can just ask us what we eat for breakfast before taking the governement to court.
UPDATE: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FINISH THE AMA AT 5PM GMT. WE'VE REALLY ENJOYED IT, HOPE YOU HAVE TOO!
UPDATE: THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE EXCELLENT QUESTIONS. WE TRIED TO GET THROUGH EVERYTHING THAT WAS POSTED BY 5PM. SORRY TO ANYONE WHO POSTED AFTER THIS. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ANOTHER TIME!
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