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STOP THERMAL SURVEILLANCE

Across the UK, businesses are rolling out biosurveillance under the cover of the pandemic, whilst making us no safer. Big Brother Watch is working to roll back this ineffective and intrusive biosecurity theatre.


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SURVEILLANCE CREEP

The coronavirus pandemic has been a gateway to even more unjustified surveillance of our movements and our health. Schools, workplaces and hospitality businesses have been investing in thermal screening technology to prove that they’re ‘safe’ to open. But infrared scanners do not accurately measure core body temperature, unlike thermometers, and the MHRA has warned against their use. There is no evidence that processing this sensitive health data is making anyone safer.

Thermal surveillance represents yet another form of inaccurate, intrusive and unnecessary monitoring. Worse, they often combine other forms of surveillance like behavioural analysis and facial recognition, posing a real risk to rights.

INVASIVE

There are a range of reasons a thermal scanner might detect a high temperature. Most devices aren’t precise enough to detect the subtle shifts in temperature that would indicate a fever.

Weather, certain medications, alcohol consumption, pregnancy, menstruation, high blood pressure and other conditions can all impact a person’s temperature reading. Many people will have to choose between disclosing sensitive personal information or being barred from venues.

No-one should be denied access to their workplace, school or travel due to dodgy technology.

INACCURATE

Thermal screening has serious accuracy problems.

Claims that thermal cameras can detect fever are misleading – a camera can’t diagnose coronavirus and suggesting that they can keep students, workers and travellers safe only promotes a false sense of security.

One UK study found that temperature screening was just 0.78% effective at detecting coronavirus, and the medical regulator has made it clear: thermal screening doesn’t work and shouldn’t be used.

OUR CAMPAIGN

We’ve written to over 80 businesses, workplaces, schools, care homes, airports and hospitality venues, asking them to stop using thermal surveillance and to explain how they’re protecting sensitive data.


Name Location Type Confirmed Usage Letter sent by BBW Status
King David High School Manchester School Via website 08/12/2020 Unknown
Cardiff Sixth Form Cardiff School Via website 08/12/2020 Unknown
Lakeside School Liverpool School Via website 08/12/2020 Unknown
Woodcote Primary School Coulsdon School Via website 08/12/2020 Unknown
Malvern St James Girls School Worcestershire Via brochure Yes 08/12/2020 Unknown
Boarding School Association N/A School Yes 08/12/2020 Unknown
Oasis Community Learning (academy chain) London School Via website 08/12/2020 Unknown
Northcote Lodge London School Via website 08/12/2020 Unknown
Broomwood Hall London School Via website 08/12/2020 Unknown
Northwood Senior London School Via website 08/12/2020 Unknown
One Degree Academy Queensway School Via Social Media 29/03/2021 Unknown
The Pioneer Academy London School Via Social Media 29/03/2021 Unknown
Oaklands School Hounslow School Via website 29/03/2021 Unknown
Cobham Aerospace Connectivity Marlow Workplace Anonymous email N/A Unknown
Airbus Helicopters UK Oxford Airport Workplace Anonymous email 10/12/2020 Unknown
Mayflex (IP Solutions) Birmingham Workplace Anonymous email 10/12/2020 Unknown
Lynas Foodservice Northern Ireland Workplace Via Media 10/12/2020 Unknown
Amazon UK Across UK Workplace Via Correspondence 23/05/2020 Unknown
Lloyd’s of London London Workplace Via Social Media 09/12/2020 Unknown
Hill Hunter Partnership (fruit farms) Across UK Workplace Via Tempscan Website 08/12/2020 Unknown
Woking Borough Council Surrey (various locations) Workplace Via FOI Response 15/01/2021 Unknown
St Mungo's London (unknown if being used at all locations) Workplace Via Employee 16/12/2021 Unknown
Passo Old Street, London Restaurant Via Customer 10/12/2020 Unknown
Archer Street Clapham, London Restaurant Via Customer 10/12/2020 Unknown
SWG3 Glasgow Restaurant Via Customer 10/12/2020 Unknown
Bill's Various locations across UK Restaurant Via website N/A Unknown
Bella Italia Various locations across UK Restaurant Via website 15/12/2020 Unknown
cafe Rouge Various locations across UK Restaurant Via website 15/12/2020 Unknown
Corbin and King London Restaurant Via website 14/12/2020 Unknown
Eat Tokyo London Restaurant Via Customer N/A Unknown
Granary Square Brasserie London Restaurant Via Customer 14/12/2020 Unknown
Fox Lane Dental Surgery London Medical Care Via Website 15/12/2020 Unknown
InHealth Group Waterloo, London Medical Care Via patient (more info needed) 15/12/2020 Unknown
Balhousie Care group Scotland Medical Care Via Media 16/12/2020 Unknown
Ninewells Hospital Tayside (Scotland) Medical Care Via Media N/A Ceased Use
Carlton House New Milton Medical Care Via Media N/A Unknown
Fitzroy Care Home chain Coventry Medical Care Via Media 16/12/2020 Unknown
Homerton University Hospital Hackney Medical Care Via Website 16/12/2020 Unknown
Zest Care Home Birmingham (Bramley Court) & Northern Ireland (Three Rivers) Medical Care Via Website 11/03/2021 Unknown
Abbeyvale Care Centre Hartlepool Medical Care Via Media 01/06/2021 Unknown
St Monica Trust carehomes Bristol, North Somerset Medical Care Via Media 27/05/2021 Unknown
Kaleidoscope Plus Group’s West Bromwich care home West Bromwich Medical Care Via Media 02/06/2021 Unknown
South Bank Dentistry South Bank Medical Care Via Website 01/06/2021 Unknown
Manchester Airport Manchester Travel Via Website 15/12/2020 Trial Ceased
Portsmouth International Port Portsmouth Travel Via Website 15/12/2020 Unknown
Heathrow Airport Heathrow Travel Via Correspondence 15/12/2020 Unknown
Bournemouth Airport Bournemouth Travel Via Correspondence N/A Unknown
National Express UK-wide Travel Via Website 15/12/20 Unknown
Luton Airport Luton Travel Via Website 15/12/20 Trial Ceased
Stansted Airport London Travel Via Website 15/12/20 Trial Ceased
Gatwick Airport London Travel Via Website N/A Trial Ceased
East Midlands Airport Leicestershire Travel Via Website 15/12/20 Trial Ceased
Edinburgh Airport Edinburgh Travel Via Website 02/06/2021 Trial Ceased
London Southend Airport Southend on Sea Travel Via Website 02/06/21 Continues Use
London City Airport East London Travel Via Website 02/06/21 Continues Use
Network Rail Across UK Travel Via Website 02/06/21 Continues Use
Flambards Theme Park Cornwall Leisure Via Social Media 18/01/2021 Unknown
London Palladium Theatre London Leisure Via Website 18/01/2021 Unknown
Nimax theatre group (Apollo, Duchess, Garrick, Lyric, Palace and Vaudeville) London Leisure Via Media 16/12/2021 Unknown
W3 London Gym Via Website N/A Unknown
Nuffield Health London Gym Via Website N/A Ceased Use
Virgin London Gym Via Employee N/A Unknown
David Lloyd London Gym Via Customer 18/01/2021 Unknown
Triyoga London Gym Via Social Media N/A Unknown
Apple store Across Europe Retail Via Website 18/01/2021 Unknown
Furniture Village England Retail Via Media 18/01/2021 Unknown
Singature Group England Entertainment Via Fever Free Zone 16/12/2020 Unknown
Singature Group Edinburgh Entertainment Via Fever Free Zone 16/12/2020 Unknown
Lush Edinburgh Cosmetics Via Fever Free Zone 17/12/2020 Ceased Use
Edinburgh Baby Co. Edinburgh Retail Via Fever Free Zone 18/12/2020 Unknown
Essential Edinburgh Edinburgh Retail Via Media 18/12/2020 Unknown
Tribe Yoga Edinburgh Gym Via Media 18/12/2020 Unknown
Meadowlark Yoga Edinburgh Gym Via Fever Free Zone 18/12/2020 Unknown
Victor Hugo Deli Edinburgh Food Via Media 18/12/2020 Unknown
Contini Edinburgh Restaurant Via Fever Free Zone 18/12/2020 Unknown

We won’t stop there. We’re planning on taking legal action to ensure that the spread of thermal surveillance stops here.

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