Dec 10th 2018

Free speech on campus is under threat – and the Government’s Prevent scheme poses one of the greatest risks

Free speech on campus is under threat – and the Government’s Prevent scheme poses one of the greatest risks. The question of free speech on campus has dominated headlines, student unions, and social media. No-platforming, safe spaces and even jazz hands have become buzzwords around campus, with countless think pieces analysing the ‘student snowflake’ psyche […]

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Apr 6th 2018

A Closer Look at Experian Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Durham Police

The recent revelations about the improper use of big data have brought into clear focus the extent to which personal data can be aggregated and used to manipulate individuals through severe abuses of privacy. Big Brother Watch has been investigating the use of controversial big data in policing. Our investigation into the use of commercial […]

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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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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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