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Thursday, August 09, 2007


By Sarah Meyer

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Lockheed Martin is one of the shortlisted contractors to provide data capture and storage services for the United Kingdom 2011 Census.

Lockheed Martin has many contracts with the United States Department of Defense. The company is involved with contracts in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The UK Green Party has assembled a petition. They are concerned that census submissions will not be safe from being incorporated into the US integrated systems. “Most worrying is their claim to deliver 'integrated threat information' to the US military by combining and analysing a wide range of intelligence information from around the world,” says their statement.

Do sign?!

Terror law puts Britons at risk of surveillance by US agents (19.08.07. Guardian)

Defense Agency Proposes Outsourcing More Spying. 19.08.07. W. Pincus, Washington Post. Contracts Worth $1 Billion Would Set Record. The Defense Intelligence Agency is preparing to pay private contractors up to $1 billion to conduct core intelligence tasks of analysis and collection over the next five years, an amount that would set a record in the outsourcing of such functions by the Pentagon's top spying agency.

EU-US PNR agreement: US changes the privacy rules to exemption access to personal data ,
- USA to give exemptions for the Department of Home Security from its Privacy Act
- USA to give exemptions for the "Arrival and Departure System" (ADIS) from its Privacy Act
- Did the EU know that the US was planning to introduce these exemptions?
Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments: "The adoption of these two exemptions will seriously diminsh any rights EU citizens have to find out what data is held on them and who it is held by.
Did the Council and the Commission, who negotiated the agreement, know the US was planning to introduce them, and if not why not?"

Sarah Meyer is a researcher living in the UK


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