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 5th 2017

Review of security and intelligence services proposes using algorithms and increasing bulk personal datasets to catch terrorists

The Home Office has today published an independent review of how UK intelligence services dealt with information about the individuals responsible for a spate of terrorist attacks earlier this year. The report by the ex-Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, examines what MI5 and the National Counter Terrorism Police Headquarters knew about those […]

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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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Nov 16th 2017

Our recommendations to TfL and concerns about Facial Recognition championed by the GLA Oversight Committee

In September our Chief Executive, Renate Samson, gave evidence to the Greater London Authority Oversight Committee at City Hall on the issue of data. You can watch the session here https://www.london.gov.uk/gla-oversight-committee-2017-09-14 Renate raised our concerns about a number of points in relation to how the data of Londoner’s and visitors to London are used.  She […]

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Nov 9th 2017

Big Brother Watch at the European Court of Human Rights – Case Summary

Big Brother Watch and Others v UK  On Tuesday, our case against UK Government surveillance was heard in the Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. It is really quite exceptional for a case to be given a full hearing – most proceedings are dealt with in writing – but this demonstrates how important […]

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