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Aug 16th 2017

Joint letter to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

We are signatories to the following letter:   To the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, We are writing to express our concern regarding the Metropolitan Police’s plans to use mobile facial recognition at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. We are calling on you to scrap plans to use automated facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival […]

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Aug 7th 2017

Data Protection Bill: The wheels set in motion for GDPR implementation

This morning the UK Government announced further details of their plans to implement the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law. Initially proposed in the Queen’s Speech, today’s ‘statement of intent’ which committed to introducing a new Data Protection Bill outlined some additional details on the right to erasure and the citizens’ general […]

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Jul 19th 2017

Still no biometric strategy, but launch of a competition to find Robocop instead.

A couple of days ago the Security Minister Ben Wallace announced the launch of a competition open to the “country’s brightest talents” to help the Government “reduce the threat from terrorist attacks using weapons or explosives.” What can this mean?  Are the Government so lost for solutions that they need to create a competition to […]

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Jul 6th 2017

NHS, DeepMind and the ICO: The importance of privacy in a modern NHS

Two reports published this week have focussed the public’s attention on the arrangement between DeepMind and the Royal Free Hospital. The two reports; one by the Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) and one by an Independent Review Panel created by DeepMind themselves, have looked in detail at the arrangement, which has been in place since September […]

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