Nov 7th 2018

The UK’s poorest are put at risk by automated welfare decisions

BIG BROTHER WATCH WRITES TO UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON EXTREME POVERTY AND HUMAN RIGHTS AHEAD OF HIS UK VISIT Big Brother Watch has written to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights to raise the alarm about the hidden use of automation and predictive analytics for decisions about benefits entitlements and social […]

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Jul 30th 2018

No – We Still Don’t Want ID Cards

It is disappointing to see Policy Exchange’s attempt to revive the tired and failed idea of a national ID scheme. The British public has made clear time and time again that we don’t want ID cards, ID numbers, or centralised databases of highly sensitive information about us. A national ID scheme would be dangerous, expensive, […]

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Jun 24th 2018

5 million biometric IDs by the back door – HMRC’s voice IDs, your rights and the law

DOES HMRC HAVE YOUR VOICE ID? Big Brother Watch expects HMRC to delete its giant database of voice IDs – but at the very least, it must publish accessible information as to how individuals can easily and securely have their voiceprint deleted. The ICO is now investigating this issue. However, if you want to take […]

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Apr 19th 2018

Misleading, incompetent and authoritarian: the Home Office’s defence of facial recognition

Today, the Home Office finally buckled under the pressure of our Face Off campaign against lawless facial recognition and the government’s hoarding of 19 million photos of citizens. Unfortunately, it didn’t resolve to make meaningful change – but, instead, in a letter to Norman Lamb MP, issued misleading spin to veil an incompetent mess of […]

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Apr 6th 2018

A Closer Look at Experian Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Durham Police

The recent revelations about the improper use of big data have brought into clear focus the extent to which personal data can be aggregated and used to manipulate individuals through severe abuses of privacy. Big Brother Watch has been investigating the use of controversial big data in policing. Our investigation into the use of commercial […]

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