Dec 17th 2018

BBC News and others – Police deploy live facial recognition in Westminster

The BBC reported on the police’s deployment of live facial recognition in central London over two days in the build-up to Christmas. Our director Silkie Carlo said: “The police’s use of this authoritarian surveillance tool in total absence of a legal or democratic basis is alarming. Live facial recognition is a form of mass surveillance […]

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Nov 27th 2018

The Telegraph – Kent Police stop using crime predicting software

The Telegraph reported on Kent Police’s decision to stop using the geographic crime prediction software PredPol to predict where crimes could take place in future, and our evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee calling the technology “intrusive”.   The Telegraph: Kent Police stop using crime predicting software Also covered by BBC News: Kent Police […]

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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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