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  1. What Is The Law Surrounding Spy Cameras In Nursing Homes?

    What Is The Law Surrounding Spy Cameras In Nursing Homes?
    A number of scandals have hit the care home sector in recent years. Abuse, neglect and poor standards have unfairly tarnished the entire care sector due to the actions of a small minority. Sadly, this has caused a drop in confidence in the services provided to our families and loved ones in their times of need. This drop in confidence...
  2. What Is Technical Counter Surveillance?

    What Is Technical Counter Surveillance?
    In a previous article, we examined the principles and practices of basic counter surveillance; the simple common sense steps to take if you want to keep your private life private. We promised we’d explore the technical side of counter surveillance. Technical counter surveillance - who needs it? Everyone. The complexity and depth of counter surveillance measures varies according to the...
  3. What Is Counter Surveillance?

    What Is Counter Surveillance?
    You may not realise, but you probably conduct counter surveillance measures every week, if not every day. If you lock your computer screen when leaving it on, you’re making sure - whether intentionally or not - that people can’t look at what you’re working on. When you check over your shoulder to see if you’re being followed or watched, you’re...
  4. What Equipment Does A Private Investigator Need?

    Ask any private investigator what their most important piece of equipment is and they’ll probably tell you it’s their brain. They’re a funny bunch you see, and while they need a keen instinct for dodgy behaviour, they’re nothing without the standard tools of the trade. The role of a private investigator is quite varied and as such, you’ll need an...
  5. Counter Surveillance Threat - Why Is Wikipedia Changing Its Web Address?

    The Wikimedia Foundation, the charity the operates the Wikipedia website, announced last month (June 2015) that it would be changing its website address. The site, which has historically been found at the following URL - http://www.wikipedia.org - is now at https://www.wikipedia.org. What’s the difference? If you look carefully you’ll see that the new address has an ‘s’ before the colon...
  6. Have You Been Watching American Netflix From The UK? Then You Need To Read This.

    If you’ve been accessing American Netflix from outside the UK, you will  most likely have been using a virtual private network (VPN) in order to make the Netflix servers mistakenly believe you are accessing from inside the country. It’s not the biggest crime anyone committed online, but it’s technically a “tiny bit dodgy.” Hola is one such VPN service and...
  7. Encryption Is Now a Human Right, According to the United Nations

    Encryption Is Now a Human Right, According to the United Nations
    On May 31st this year the United States Senate had a rare Sunday sitting in which the members voted on the controversial Patriot Act, a piece of legislation that would have extended US spy agencies’ snooping powers. The Act didn’t pass. A separate act, entitled the US Freedom Act was voted through on the same day. This legislation, seen by...
  8. Meet The Man Who Blew The Lid Off FIFA's Dirty Secrets

    Meet The Man Who Blew The Lid Off FIFA's Dirty Secrets
    Tucked away on a hilly farm in the north of England is Andrew Jennings. An old-school investigative journalist, football lover and Scotsman. To pass him in the street, you wouldn’t in a million years assume he was the reason behind the recent FIFA scandal that has rocked the world of football, but for almost 15 years, he’s been quietly, conscientiously...
  9. Spying, Game Theory & The Nation Nobody Expected America To Be Monitoring

    Spying, Game Theory & The Nation Nobody Expected America To Be Monitoring
    Earlier this week (May 23rd 2015), American mathematician and the person upon whom the film A Beautiful Mind is based, John Nash, died in a car crash. Nash innovated the concept of game theory, a now accepted and widely used strategic basis for business, religion and even spying. His risk model underpins everything from the “Mexican standoff” to the “prisoner’s...
  10. What Is The Snoopers Charter And Why Are We Talking About It Again?

    What Is The Snoopers Charter And Why Are We Talking About It Again?
    The Communications Data Bill, otherwise known as the “Snoopers Charter,” is a piece of draft legislation designed to give government all manner of powers to spy on us. Its back on the table for discussion because now the Liberal Democrats are no longer part of the Coalition, the Conservative Government plan to push ahead with its implementation. Home Secretary Theresa...