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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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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Feb 23rd 2016

Councils halve spending on CCTV, but is this the lull before a new surveillance storm?

Today we have released “Are They Still Watching?“, a brand new report which reveals that local authorities have substantially cut spending on their CCTV systems over the past three years. 10 years on from the UK being defined as the “most watched nation on earth” our report reveals that between 2012 and 2015 local authorities reduced the number of CCTV cameras by […]

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