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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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Dec 13th 2017

Government reveal police powers “policy” on facial recognition, in letter to Science and Technology Committee

The Science and Technology Committee have today published a letter sent to them from Baroness Williams on behalf of the Government. Thanks to the publication we have learned that the Government have given the police operational powers to use facial biometrics and facial recognition systems as a policy decision. In the letter Baroness Williams states […]

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Dec 5th 2017

Review of security and intelligence services proposes using algorithms and increasing bulk personal datasets to catch terrorists

The Home Office has today published an independent review of how UK intelligence services dealt with information about the individuals responsible for a spate of terrorist attacks earlier this year. The report by the ex-Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, examines what MI5 and the National Counter Terrorism Police Headquarters knew about those […]

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Nov 30th 2017

Home Office consultation on Watson judgment could change the Investigatory Powers Act – for better or worse

The Home Office have today announced a consultation on the UK’s legal communications data retention regime – a consultation which will impact the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. This is hugely important, as once again it will change the laws which the Government use to access people’s communications data – the information which says who sent […]

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