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Farewell Ken Clarke


Ken Clarke has been a big beast in the Westminster jungle for a long time. Now he has gracefully agreed to leave his post as justice secretary and has accepted demotion to minister without portfolio, with the right to advise on economics. Osborne may not be too pleased about that, particularly as Clarke will still be in the cabinet. Read the full story

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Protection of Freedoms Bill


The Identity Documents Bill abolished identity cards and the national identity register in December 2010. It was the first instalment of the government’s promise to introduce legislation to “restore freedoms and civil liberties through the abolition of identity cards and unnecessary laws.” The Protection of Freedoms Bill, presented to Parliament last week, is the next step. Read the full story

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You are still being watched


Last Thursday Christopher Graham, the UK Information Commissioner, sent his report on the state of surveillance, and recommendations for action, to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee. While welcoming strengthening of the data protection regime, he said that technological and societal developments mean that the risks to individual privacy remain real. Read the full story

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