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Dec 10th 2018

Free speech on campus is under threat – and the Government’s Prevent scheme poses one of the greatest risks

Free speech on campus is under threat – and the Government’s Prevent scheme poses one of the greatest risks. The question of free speech on campus has dominated headlines, student unions, and social media. No-platforming, safe spaces and even jazz hands have become buzzwords around campus, with countless think pieces analysing the ‘student snowflake’ psyche […]

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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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