Nov 16th 2018

The Sun – Big Brother fears as police unveil speed camera that spies on drivers from almost a MILE away

CHILLING new police tech lets road cops spy on drivers from a THOUSAND meters away as officials step up their fight against speeding. A Big Brother Watch spokesperson told The Sun Online: “Police shouldn’t be filming innocent people inside their cars, without their knowledge, unless they’re suspected of a crime or driving dangerously. “Our roads […]

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Nov 12th 2018

The Independent – Our call for an urgent investigation into rape victims’ personal data

We wrote to the Information Commissioner to request an urgent investigation into the way rape victims’ personal data is accessed and handled by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service. Police and the CPS can access rape victims’ mobile phones and all of the information it contains, as well as personal records including medical records, […]

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Nov 12th 2018

The Guardian – Met Commissioner says police live facial recognition is being restricted by regulation

The Metropolitan police commissioner has said that police attempts to exploit live facial recognition CCTV are being restricted by a complex regulatory system and legal framework brought about by the previous Home Secretary, Theresa May. Director Silkie Carlo said: “I totally agree that the Home Office has failed to provide leadership on technologies and policing. […]

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Nov 12th 2018

Digit – Concerns Raised Over Police Scotland’s Use of Cyber Kiosks

Police Scotland are using ‘Cyber kiosks’ to access mobile device data, raising concerns over privacy rights, data security arrangements and the legality of using the devices which were introduced earlier in 2018. Big Brother Watch Legal & Policy Officer, Griff Ferris, says police were: “indiscriminately downloading huge amounts of personal information from phones and other […]

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Nov 5th 2018

Hull Daily Mail – How much the council is making by selling your personal information

Councils have sold data to credit reference agencies, insurance companies and private individuals from the electoral register. Big Brother Watch director Silkie Carlo said: “No public authority should sell residents’ personal information to private entities for profit. This sale of data leaves us open to targeted advertising and undermines trust in councils. The open register […]

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