State action to regulate social media is unproblematic in principle, but deeply problematic in practice – and the law of unintended consequences applies.
There are no certainties – at least, until it’s too late – so the UK should err on the side of caution.
If it is copied, tracked or taken unlawfully, then its owners should be compensated, regardless of whether they can prove ‘damage’.
A well-intentioned but badly designed EU law is irritating consumers and making life far harder for charities and businesses. After Brexit we will be able to fix it.
If Hillary and Remain had won, using the same methods, would anyone at the Guardian or the BBC have cared a bean about Cambridge Analytica’s behaviour?
Noel Malcolm warns that the European Court of Human Rights has become a threat to democracy.
From the original raid through to the attempt by former officers to bring down a Government minister on moralising grounds, this is an unedifying picture.
We should also be aware of any risks to privacy or individual freedom, but in Kent the technology is working well.
The Home Office has somewhat improved its position, but still seems to think the will of a minister can overcome the laws of mathematics.
Tomorrow, MPs will be asked to opt back in to the agreement. But it is hard to see why we should.
It doesn’t take much of an imagination to see the opportunities the scheme offers to hostile powers.
A row over who should authorise investigatory powers hangs over the draft legislation the Government is set to publish.
Renate Samson of the civil liberties group discusses local authorities’ negligence with private information.
It may suit the industry to assume that our time, peace and concentration has no value – but obviously it does.
In a few years’ time, mobile phones and computers will seem old hat – and the threats to our liberties will be multiplied.