Jan 21st 2019

Universal Credit, benefits and automated risk scores – are you affected?

As part of our investigation into automated decision making in the welfare system, we are interested in hearing from anyone who may have been subject to an unfair automated decision in their Universal Credit and/or other benefits applications. If you have been affected, please email us: info@bigbrotherwatch.org.uk If you would like find out how your […]

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Jan 17th 2019

Fighting For Our Freedoms in 2019

Happy New Year! Thanks to your support, we had some major successes in 2018. Here’s a look back at the highlights, as we prepare for the big challenges to come in 2019. FIGHTING MASS SURVEILLANCE In September 2018, UK mass surveillance was ruled unlawful in a landmark judgment by the European Court of Human Rights. This […]

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Jul 30th 2018

No – We Still Don’t Want ID Cards

It is disappointing to see Policy Exchange’s attempt to revive the tired and failed idea of a national ID scheme. The British public has made clear time and time again that we don’t want ID cards, ID numbers, or centralised databases of highly sensitive information about us. A national ID scheme would be dangerous, expensive, […]

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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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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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