Jul 30th 2018

No – We Still Don’t Want ID Cards

It is disappointing to see Policy Exchange’s attempt to revive the tired and failed idea of a national ID scheme. The British public has made clear time and time again that we don’t want ID cards, ID numbers, or centralised databases of highly sensitive information about us. A national ID scheme would be dangerous, expensive, […]

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Apr 19th 2018

Misleading, incompetent and authoritarian: the Home Office’s defence of facial recognition

Today, the Home Office finally buckled under the pressure of our Face Off campaign against lawless facial recognition and the government’s hoarding of 19 million photos of citizens. Unfortunately, it didn’t resolve to make meaningful change – but, instead, in a letter to Norman Lamb MP, issued misleading spin to veil an incompetent mess of […]

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Dec 20th 2017

Final reports from the Interception of Communications Commissioner and Intelligence Services Commissioner: improved transparency from one, a soft touch from the other

Today, one day before Parliament rises for Christmas, the annual reports of the Interception of Communications Commissioner and the Intelligence Services Commissioner have been published. These are the final reports published by these Commissioners as their roles will now be taken over by the new Investigatory Powers Commissioners Office (IPCO) under the Investigatory Powers Act. […]

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Dec 15th 2017

Big Brother Watch has a new Director

Big Brother Watch is pleased to announce Silkie Carlo as the organisation’s new Director. Current Chief Executive Renate Samson will be leaving Big Brother Watch at the end of the year, with Silkie joining the team as Director in January. Silkie has an illustrious background in campaigning for privacy and civil liberties and challenging the […]

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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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