Dec 31st 2012

Looking back on 2012

We’d like to thank you for your support in 2012 and wish you all the best for 2013. Looking back on 2012, we’re very proud of what Big Brother Watch has achieved. The Joint Committee on the draft Communications Data Bill concluded the draft Bill needs a comprehensive re-write, adopting a number of Big Brother Watch’s recommendations […]

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Dec 28th 2012

Whose record is it anyway? Thousands of CRB errors revealed

Today Big Brother Watch has unveiled the scale of errors in the criminal record check system. Nearly 12,000 people over the past five years have wrongly been branded criminals or seen irrelevant or inaccurate information disclosed during criminal record checks. 11,893 people successfully challenged CRB results in past five years £1.98m paid out in redress […]

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Dec 19th 2012

New CPS prosecution guidelines for offences committed on social media

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published interim guidelines on when it is appropriate to prosecute people for communications they send on social media. If the objective was a return to common sense policing, issuing twenty-five pages of guidance has risked complicating the situation even more. The necessity for the communication to be ‘grossly offensive’ […]

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Dec 13th 2012

Lords says yes to Section 5 reform

Last night the Government suffered heavy defeat on the reform of Section 5, a campaign Big Brother Watch has been proud to support. As Baroness Smith of Basildon noted: “it is nearly a year since the Government launched their consultation on public order policing and whether the word “insulting” should be removed from Section 5 […]

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Dec 10th 2012

Committee says no to draft Communications Data Bill

The draft Communications Data Bill has today been roundly criticised by the committee of MPs and Peers, who make clear that the draft Bill is not fit for purpose and unacceptable in its current form. The report makes clear tinkering and minor changes are nowhere near enough – this draft bill is unacceptable to Parliament […]

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