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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Nov 30th 2017

Home Office consultation on Watson judgment could change the Investigatory Powers Act – for better or worse

The Home Office have today announced a consultation on the UK’s legal communications data retention regime – a consultation which will impact the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. This is hugely important, as once again it will change the laws which the Government use to access people’s communications data – the information which says who sent […]

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Oct 31st 2017

Home Office not listening to Ethics Group on Custody Images and Facial Biometrics

Yesterday the Ethics Group of the National DNA Database Ethics Group* (NDNAD) published their annual report. The report was brief and to the point.  It updated the public on the Government’s use of biometric data, namely fingerprints, DNA and now facial biometrics, and outlined where the Government are at with addressing the recommendations the NDNAD […]

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Sep 13th 2017

Biometrics Commissioner’s Annual Report paints a far from pretty picture on the Government’s approach to facial biometrics

The Biometrics Commissioner has today published his third annual report on the Retention and Use of Biometric Material. Whilst not telling us anything we didn’t already know, the Commissioner has seen fit to publish, in black and white, exactly what the current state of play is with regards to the Home Office’s desire to see […]

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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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