Let’s get together to watch ‘The Haystack’ documentary on 21st century survillance

Still taken from The Haystack documentary on surveillance in the UK. The image shows people walking along a crowded street in central London and a news headline which says 'Britain is too tolerant and should interfere more in people's lives, says David Cameron'

We’re excited to announce we’ll be screening ‘The Haystack’ documentary, which examines the rise of suspicionless surveillance in the UK, at our next meetup on Monday 4 July.

Join us at our regular venue of Birmingham Open Media. Doors open at 6.30pm (we aim to start to watching the documentary at 6.45pm).

After the screening there’ll be a chance to discuss the current state of surveillance in the UK and what can done to stop the progress of the Investigatory Powers Bill (AKA the Snooper’s Charter).


We’re able to offer this event for free thanks to the generous support of our hosts, Birmingham Open Media. To help us with planning, we ask that your RSVP via our Meetup page.

The Haystack

The Haystack documentary is a real life investigation into 21st century surveillance in the UK and the Investigatory Powers (IP) Bill currently before Parliament.

In light of Snowden’s revelations in 2013, both privacy groups and our government agree that the laws surrounding surveillance need to be updated, but public debate and examination of the Bill have been shockingly limited on an issue that impacts us all.

The Haystack explores whether the powers set out in this Bill will stop the next terrorist attack, and asks, are we willing to accept an unimaginable level of intrusion before it’s too late?

You can watch The Haystack online but we believe there is value in watching it together to spark debate about the state of surveillance in the UK:


Special thanks go to Scenes of Reason, the producers of The Haystack, for allowing the Open Rights Group to screen their documentary.

The rise of suspicionless surveillance in the UK

For more information about the government’s plans to massively expand surveillance and how we’ve been standing up for privacy, security and freedom of expression, please visit the national Open Rights Group website.


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