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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Nov 3rd 2017

Big Brother Watch and Others v UK at the European Court of Human Rights

After 4 years, our case against UK Government surveillance is getting a hearing in the Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that the UK intelligence agency GCHQ was running a mass surveillance and bulk communications interception programme known as TEMPORA.  UK intelligence agencies were also receiving data from […]

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Sep 13th 2017

Smartphone facial recognition technology

On Tuesday evening, the world watched in awe as Apple’s great technological circus unveiled its latest offering – a new iPhone. These slick, theatrical launches for which Apple has become known included a new feature – FaceID, or facial recognition software – to allow a user to unlock their phone simply by looking at it. […]

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