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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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Mar 5th 2018

New data protection laws – do they really protect us?

Today, MPs will debate a new data protection framework, the Data Protection Bill, which will govern how the UK Government, companies and individuals can access, use, and protect personal information. This is an extremely important Bill; in the digital and information age we live in, personal data and information are essential and unavoidable part of […]

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Jan 10th 2018

The surveillance state in 2018

Welcome to Big Brother Watch in 2018. We’ve already been given an idea of some of the key surveillance threats to the public’s privacy and civil liberties to come over the next year: the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, has published his Annual Report for 2016/17. The Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Report reveals an expanding of […]

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Dec 20th 2017

Final reports from the Interception of Communications Commissioner and Intelligence Services Commissioner: improved transparency from one, a soft touch from the other

Today, one day before Parliament rises for Christmas, the annual reports of the Interception of Communications Commissioner and the Intelligence Services Commissioner have been published. These are the final reports published by these Commissioners as their roles will now be taken over by the new Investigatory Powers Commissioners Office (IPCO) under the Investigatory Powers Act. […]

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Dec 15th 2017

Big Brother Watch has a new Director

Big Brother Watch is pleased to announce Silkie Carlo as the organisation’s new Director. Current Chief Executive Renate Samson will be leaving Big Brother Watch at the end of the year, with Silkie joining the team as Director in January. Silkie has an illustrious background in campaigning for privacy and civil liberties and challenging the […]

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