9 petitions

Started 4 months ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, David Cameron MP

Stop the UK Government from Spying on us. A 1984 style surveillance bill.

Theresa May along with the government are about pass one of the most terrifying and dangerous security bills in the county's history. Dubbed the "Snoopers Charter" this bill will force UK ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to store every one of their customer's browsing history for up to a year, whilst on the surface it may not seem that threatening, there are several sections that have been written so vaguely it could be easily abused. By law ISPs would also need to give immediate access and decryption on a person's data on demand and would also allow government to hack into personal devices and personal computers with very little resistance. "If you have nothing to fear, you have nothing to hide" is the phrase being tossed around. However, many Human Rights groups, Silicon Tech companies and even representatives of the United Nations have opposed this law when it was first brought to public light in 2012 saying that privacy is a human right and, from my personal standpoint, no one deserves to be surveyed 24/7 unless they have legitimately done something to cause surveillance to be needed. "But it’s not about having nothing to hide, it’s about being you. It’s about being friends with who you want to be friends with, without worrying about what it looks like on paper or inside some private record in some dark government vault. It’s about realizing there’s a reason we close the bathroom door. There’s a reason we don’t want the police to have a video camera so they can watch us sitting in the bubble bath." - Edward Snowden Sources/Extra Information: - - - -

Tom Beaumont
227 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Members Secretary, , , , , , , , , , , , , Cat Turner

Say "No" to a single Government database on citizens!

Dear MHK/MLC.  Thank you for reading this, we appreciate it.Petitioners were asked to read a detailed argument before signing the petition. In just 6 days we have achieved over 100 signatures from informed members of the public. By contrast, the public consultation to the Children Bill 2010 received 76 responses after a 6 week consultation and the Minister then cancelled the Bill. The response to the petition shows that there will be considerable public opposition to any form of centralised Citizens Database. Also, please see the political comment in the Isle of Man Examiner raising concerns that our select committee system appears compromised. Finally, see the letter from Alan Croll pointing out that we already have the Residence Act if a name and address register was ever needed. Here is the full petition. November's Tynwald contains a report on the Jury system. Many Manx residents aren't on the electoral roll, so can't be called for jury service. The Committee proposes a "compulsory database" of all adults fit for jury service. But, and it's a bit BUT, civil servants have slyly hijacked this proposal and Tynwald's also being asked to agree to ‘an overarching citizens database’. They want our private information on child benefit, housing, work permits, library membership etc. to be linked in one database...and to make it a condition of using a public service that you are on the database. No electronic ID – no service. Civil servants want to log people who are medically unfit for jury service. The Cabinet Office would want to know, for example, of a mother who was unfit due to post natal depression. But if that mother was, for her own private reasons, not on the database where would she stand? Social services could, say, judge her unfit and remove her children but she, having no electronic ID, would not be able to get help from her GP. We are to be coerced onto the database via the carrot and the stick. Such “voluntary compulsion” makes life easy for Government - but flies in the face of British and Manx social, political and legal tradition. It erodes your individual choice and makes for authoritarian and controlling regimes. Having our identity checked by officials would become part of Manx life. This is a profound cultural change and something we shouldn't let happen. We should not give strangers in Government the key to our private lives.This mechanism for recording and reporting almost all significant civil acts, including our health, civil servants would gain powers to intervene in the daily lives of Manx residents easily and extensively. Control of all our personal information on the database passes from the individual to State. Government would, in reality, own the electronic ID and could easily reserve the power to cancel it, thus locking people out of services. The Isle of Wight council runs a central database. Look what happened to this Council Tenant: Tell your GP a secret - and 900 council staff may have access to it In 2008 Elizabeth Dove (a pseudonym) saw her GP to ask what could be done about her depression. Some time later Dove had a dispute with her local council, a matter entirely unrelated to her health. Pursuing her complaint to the Isle of Wight council, she submitted a request under the Data Protection Act to be sent all the information the authority held on her. To her dismay, she received sensitive data from her GP health records. It came from officials at the local council’s housing department – with whom she had the dispute. It turns out that her health data was held on a joint council and primary care trust system “Swift”. She hadn’t consented to her health records being shared with the local council. – GPs across England routinely share mental health data with PCTs which share it with thousands of local council staff. – GP Paul Cundy says the case of Elizabeth Dove is an ominous warning for the sharing of Summary Care Records data under “implied consent”. So what starts out as a simple list of people ends up as the 'overarching database' that can be used to monitor our personal lives. Do you trust Government with your data? Based on my experience, I don't. Centralised data is a single target for hackers, and we all know how many 'accidents' our government has had already. Hackers usually get through, and will this time get all our information. The Select Committee ignores Human Rights issues. A government must ask us every single time it wants to use our data. Other countries, including Scotland, ignored this and are now having to do a U-turn and stop sharing family information without consent. Don't let this be a 'done deal' - it will affect Manx residents lives immeasurably. The Cabinet Office has already prepared a detailed policy for Tynwald to approve in December. Our newly elected Tynwald, comprised of politicians who never proposed anything like this, will be expected to rubber stamp the database. They can refuse, of course. The question is will they? Tell them not to - sign the petition today!

Cat Turner
120 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to Paula Vennells

STOP The Post Office From Invading Our Privacy!

This is a petition to get The Post Office in the UK to ammend their policy regarding customer privacy when sending letters & parcels via the counter. At the moment, Post Office staff have been advised by head office to ask customers what's inside their letter/parcel before they will accept it. Some branches are applying common sense & discretion, & will accept it if you tell them there are no prohibited or restricted items in it. However, in some branches the staff are being pedantic "computer says no" jobsworths by demanding to know what's inside, & then threatening not to send it if you wish the contents to remain private! I name & shame Harold Hill branch under the direction of manager Tommy Dingley. I want the Post Office to ammend the direction they give to branches to include the following: 1) ask the customer what is inside their package; 2) If the customer doesn't want to divulge that information, simply ask them if there are any prohibited or rerstriced items in the package. When they confirm there are not any, accept the package. Demanding to know what is inside a package & refusing to send it otherwise, is in my opinion a fundamental invasion of privacy. It also creates a double standard, as customers can use the self service tills without saying what is inside their package. Stamps can also be bought at the counter & put onto certain items without the contents being revealed as well. So, demanding to know what is inside is unreasonable. There is a monumental difference between demanding to know what is inside a letter/parcel, & asking what is not inside. One is a Big Brother style invasion of privacy, & the other is a common sense inquiry to minimize the amount of restricted items in circulation. Some customers, like me, think this is wrong in principal, & do not wish to comply on the grounds that it will lead to more & more Big Brother activity. Other customers might be sending sensitive or potentially embarrassing items, & would not appreciate being forced to publically state the contents in front of other customers in the que! Either way, The Post Office's current stance, & the pharisaical way it's being applied in some branches, is leaving customers either angry, embarrassed, or both. It's also extremely poor business practice to turn away customers. I myself have stopped using The Post Office for all my parcel returns, & am currently looking for an alternative courier to send my letters. I have had no help from customer services who are just passing the buck, generally giving me the run around, & stonewalling me with complete nonsense. I even asked for the name of the person who decided that this would be a good idea, so I could contact them via this petition, but was ignored. I name & shame Head of Business and Customer Support Gayle Peacock for not answering these questions. So, my appologies to Paula Vennells for having to go straight to you. That said, when I phoned customer complaints, I spoke to a very helpful guy called Shaun from Wales, & an extremely pleasent & helpful lady called Jackie. If only there were more people like you working in the branches! I believe that privacy is a fundamental human right, & that the way some Post Office staff are applying this policy breaches that right. So; is common sense going to prevail? Or is Big Brother going to win & increase its stranglehold over our nation? You decide! Your have the power! Your vote counts!     Thank You.

Martin McEvoy
9 supporters