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OWoN: Britain and the US are now increasing cross border Police intrusion and spying. Not good.

Sir Nigel Sheinwald has been appointed as special envoy on intelligence and law enforcement data sharing. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Former UK ambassador to the United States given data-access role

Sir Nigel Sheinwald will work to ensure British spies and police officers can access data from overseas firms

The Guardian
By Press Association
19 September 2014

A former senior diplomat has been appointed by the prime minister to work with the United States and other countries to ensure that British spies and police officers can access data from overseas firms.

Sir Nigel Sheinwald, former ambassador to the United States, has been appointed as special envoy on intelligence and law enforcement data sharing.

He will lead discussions with governments and communications service providers on ways to improve access to and sharing of law enforcement and intelligence data in different jurisdictions.

David Cameron set out the need for the post when he announced emergency legislation on data sharing in July.

He said: "A number of overseas companies have asserted that their ability to work with the UK government is being severely constrained by international conflicts of jurisdiction.

"For example, where they think they have a British law saying that they should share data, and an American law saying that they shouldn't."

He said the envoy would work to ensure that "lawful and justified transfer of information across borders takes place to protect our people's safety and security".

Home affairs select committee chairman Keith Vaz said: "The prime minister has made an excellent choice in selecting Sir Nigel Sheinwald for this post.

"It is vital that we work in partnership with other countries on this serious matter, particularly given the security implications of data sharing. I firmly believe that Sir Nigel has the necessary expertise and experience to carry out this role effectively.

"The committee is looking forward to working with Sir Nigel in the near future."



  1. Maybe Scotland vote was a warning to UK to wake up ......, more might follow. Apparently they like old way doing biz. They have quite blood on their hands from Iraq adventure as well.....

    Things might become interesting....

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    ‘Google deeply involved in US foreign policy’

    Google has been working with the NSA “in terms of contracts since at least 2002,” Assange told Sky News.

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    Google has tricked people into believing that it is “a playful, humane organization” and not a “big, bad US corporation,” Assange told BBC. “But in fact it has become just is now arguably the most influential commercial organization.”

    “Google has now spread to every country, every single person, who has access to the internet,” he reminded.

  3. I am stunned reading this
    Celebrity sex abuse tapes theft: Massive police investigation launched into stolen interview tapes

    The tapes, believed to feature interviews with alleged victims of Jimmy Saville, Stuart Hall and other high-profile names, were snatched from a raid on a house

    A massive police operation is under way after sensitive video interviews with victims of celebrity sex abusers were stolen.

    The tapes, believed to feature accusers of Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and other high-profile names , were snatched in a raid on a rundown property used by a company working for the Crown ­Prosecution Service.

    Up to 50 testimonies were taken from the flat owned by a film-making firm contracted to the CPS.

    It is thought a highly-organised criminal gang was behind the raid. Four police forces are involved in the investigation with officers travelling to Poland on the trail of the crooks.

    Officers feared the tapes would be used for blackmail, or that they would be placed on the internet and even wreck future criminal trials .
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  4. Obama administration ‘blocking’ information from the press – AP

    Uncovering information that should be available to the public has become increasingly difficult under the presidency of Barack Obama, an Associated Press bureau chief says. In some cases, it surpasses the secrecy of the George W. Bush administration.

    The White House’s penchant for secrecy does not just apply to the federal government, according to AP's Washington bureau chief, Sally Buzbee. During a joint meeting of news editors, she stated that the same kind of behavior is starting to appear in state and local governments.

    Buzbee pointed out eight ways that the Obama administration is stifling public access to information – including keeping reporters away from witnessing any military action the United States takes as it battles Islamic State extremists in the Middle East.

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    She also expressed frustration with the government’s handling of the upcoming 9/11 trial, during which journalists are prohibited from looking at even non-classified court filings in real time.

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  5. Why duplicate efforts, diversify; so they halt CIA and begin" Former UK ambassador to the United States given data-access role"

    CIA puts on hold all spying operations in Western Europe

    The CIA’s European Division has halted its operations in Western Europe in response to several spying scandals in Germany and the continent’s negative reaction to the revelations of spying by the National Security Agency on European leaders and citizens.

    The stand-down order has been in effect for two months. It was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, a US official who has been briefed on the situation told the Associated Press.

    Case officers in friendly European countries have largely forbidden from undertaking "unilateral operations" such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governments. The continent’s countries have long been used as safe venues to conduct meetings between CIA officers and sources from the Middle East and other high priority areas; those encounters have been rerouted to other locales.

    The spying stand-down comes at an inopportune time, AP reported, citing worries over Western extremists heading to Syria and Iraq to join with the Islamic State, as well as the standoff with Russia over influence on Ukraine and the independence movement in the eastern part of the country. Tensions have grown between the US and its European allies since Edward Snowden's NSA revelations in June 2013.

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  7. CPS and Police authorities,Out sourcing to private contractors to handle sensitive police files is just nuts...Blackmail potential, breaches in criminal evidence will cause trials to collapse..or worse
    why are they closing police stations and renting commercial units to do interviews this has happen in my town Has Westmonster has lost the plot... horror movie


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