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Jun 14th 2019

Police drop Experian profiling tool following Big Brother Watch exposé

A year on from our investigation into Durham Police’s use of Experian’s ‘Mosaic’ big data profiling tool for AI custody decisions, we have discovered through a long Freedom of Information battle that Durham Police heeded our calls to drop the discriminatory tool less than three weeks after our exposé. We have also found that, following […]

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Jan 21st 2019

Universal Credit, benefits and automated risk scores – are you affected?

As part of our investigation into automated decision making in the welfare system, we are interested in hearing from anyone who may have been subject to an unfair automated decision in their Universal Credit and/or other benefits applications. If you have been affected, please email us: info@bigbrotherwatch.org.uk If you would like find out how your […]

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Jan 17th 2019

Fighting For Our Freedoms in 2019

Happy New Year! Thanks to your support, we had some major successes in 2018. Here’s a look back at the highlights, as we prepare for the big challenges to come in 2019. FIGHTING MASS SURVEILLANCE In September 2018, UK mass surveillance was ruled unlawful in a landmark judgment by the European Court of Human Rights. This […]

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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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