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Sep 28th 2009

Compulsory microchip implants…for dogs

Today has brought the rather bizarre news that it will soon become compulsory for all dogs in Britain to be fitted with microchips which contain their owner’s details. The new scheme, which has gained cross party support in Parliament, is apparently designed to curb the trade in stolen dogs and reduce the large numbers of stray […]

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Sep 25th 2009

Alex Deane in conversation with Douglas Murray

Alex Deane, Director of Big Brother Watch, will be speaking at an event in The Freedom Zone at Conservative Party Conference, kindly provided by our friends The Freedom Association. Alex will be in conversation with Douglas Murray, Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, discussing the question, "Civil liberties and security – are they compatible?" […]

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Sep 25th 2009

Home Office fudges DNA database timings

The Home Office believes the DNA profiles of innocent people should be kept for 12 years for those arrested but not convicted of sexual, terrorism-related or serious violent offences, and six years for other crimes. However it has emerged today that the logic behind these timings was based on incomplete research. On the Today Programme […]

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Sep 25th 2009

Pace of ID card roll-out increases

Although ignored by the national press this morning, featured here and here, is the news that skilled foreign workers are to get ID cards three months early after Home Secretary Alan Johnson struck a deal with the post office. Immigrants will be provided their ID cards for free from UK Border Agency offices, while existing foreign […]

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Sep 25th 2009

Control Orders

Yesterday brought the news that another person subject to a Control Order has been released after the Government declined to make known to him the reasons that he has been detained. It is a standing affront to the rule of law that anyone’s liberty is curtailed without knowing the details of the charges against them. […]

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