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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Jun 14th 2017

The French-British action plan on internet security is likely to make us less, not more safe

Earlier this afternoon the Home Office published a French-British Action Plan on its website. You can read it here The “action plan” agreed by Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron outlines 4 steps for an “initiative to ensure the internet cannot be used as a safe space for terrorists and criminals”. Whilst […]

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Oct 17th 2016

Body Worn Cameras – Proper Evidence Needed

From today the Metropolitan Police will begin equipping their frontline officers with body-worn cameras. The roll-out is planned to be completed by next summer when 22,000 cameras will be have been issued. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the force’s Commissioner praised the positive impact of the technology: “It holds us to account, because if the officer does […]

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May 17th 2016

Are Body Worn Cameras really useful?

Body Worn Cameras, it is claimed, are designed to improve behaviour.  Behaviour of both the public and police officers.  The use of the cameras we are told makes it less likely for members of the public to physically assault officers and for officers to use force in return. It’s something often repeated by experts in […]

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Aug 7th 2015

Labour leadership candidates declare positions on surveillance

The four Labour leadership candidates have shared their views on surveillance in a question and answer piece published by the Labour Campaign for Human Rights. One of the four questions posed was: In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that GCHQ, Britain’s communications spy agency, collects and stores personal communications data indiscriminately and en masse. This includes […]

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