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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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Mar 23rd 2018

How can I download a copy of my Facebook data? What is included – and what isn’t?

  How to download your Facebook data You can download your information from your settings. To download your information: Click at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings Click Download a copy of your Facebook data at the bottom of General Account Settings Click Start My Archive   You will be prompted […]

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Mar 16th 2018

We know why Alexa is laughing

A few weeks ago, Alexas across the globe started laughing. Owners were left seriously disturbed after Alexa began cackling for no apparent reason. The creepiness of smart devices that we willingly place into our homes and offices, for the sake of convenience, can rarely be perceived so obviously. Was it really worth bugging our own […]

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