Jun 14th 2019

Police drop Experian profiling tool following Big Brother Watch exposé

A year on from our investigation into Durham Police’s use of Experian’s ‘Mosaic’ big data profiling tool for AI custody decisions, we have discovered through a long Freedom of Information battle that Durham Police heeded our calls to drop the discriminatory tool less than three weeks after our exposé. We have also found that, following […]

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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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