Jan 20th 2020

New York Times – UK police facial recognition tests public tolerance

Journalist Kelvin Chan charts the police’s use of facial recognition to surveil public spaces and the growing backlash from members of the public. It’s “an alarming example of overpolicing,” said Silkie Carlo, director of privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch. “We’re deeply concerned about the undemocratic nature of it. This is a very controversial technology […]

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Jan 18th 2020

Daily Mail – EU considers facial recognition ban

The European Commission is considering imposing a 5 year ban on facial recognition surveillance, according to leaked documents. Big Brother Watch described the technology as the ‘worst case scenario for privacy’. The campaign group described an ‘epidemic’ of the surveillance across the country: ‘Using facial recognition cameras is the high-tech equivalent of forcing members of […]

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Jan 14th 2020

The Telegraph – Companies considering swapping passwords for biometrics

Companies are considering using sensitive biometric data to replace passwords, which includes fingerprints, facial recognition, the way you type or the way you hold your phone. Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch, says that use of biometrics “in the workplace are associated with employer monitoring and a loss of privacy.  Data regulation gives us […]

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Jan 14th 2020

The Guardian – Football fans protest police use of facial recognition technology

Football fans attending a match in Cardiff protested against police use of facial recognition technology. Big Brother Watch, alongside the Cardiff City supporters’ club, staged a protest against the police force’s use of this invasive technology. Fans, who complained that they felt that their privacy was being threatened, wore masks and held a banner that […]

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