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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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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Feb 4th 2017

Yet More Surveillance in the Classroom

First it was police officers, then it was council officials and now it seems schools are beginning to issue teachers with body worn cameras. Two UK schools have reportedly begun using the technology to gather evidence of serious misbehaviour or to capture “moments worth sharing”. Already many schools have introduced CCTV cameras, biometric systems and […]

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Nov 16th 2016

SCC publishes latest Annual Report

Today the Surveillance Camera Commissioner published his 2015/16 Annual Report. It drives home the large number of technologies his office must keep an eye on, such as; CCTV, ANPR, body worn video and drones, as well as demonstrating the growing number of new and emerging surveillance technologies which will require proper debate and scrutiny. The […]

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Oct 17th 2016

Body Worn Cameras – Proper Evidence Needed

From today the Metropolitan Police will begin equipping their frontline officers with body-worn cameras. The roll-out is planned to be completed by next summer when 22,000 cameras will be have been issued. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the force’s Commissioner praised the positive impact of the technology: “It holds us to account, because if the officer does […]

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