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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Nov 5th 2018

Your Thurrock – New information revealed about predictive profiles for vulnerable people

A controversial computer system is being used to create profiles on vulnerable people in Thurrock. The system, known to the council as the “predictive modelling platform”, assigns “potential vulnerable people” a score that indicates whether they need attention from social services. Council data from housing, education, social care, benefits and debt all contribute to the […]

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Nov 2nd 2018

Daily Express – Home Office £500,000 ‘competition’ for surveillance tech ideas to tackle knife crime

The Daily Express reported on a competition unveiled by the Home Office for ideas on how to tackle knife crime. Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, said: “This ‘competition’ seeks to turn a serious crime problem into a dystopian race towards invasive surveillance tools that would covertly scan the bodies of thousands of innocent […]

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Oct 25th 2018

The Guardian – Counter-terror bill is a threat to press freedom, say campaigners

A joint statement signed by nine organisations including Big Brother Watch has warned of the possibility that the new counter-terror powers currently being considered by Parliament – the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill – threatens free speech, access to information, journalistic sources and academic research, and will criminalise thought. The Guardian – Counter-terror bill is […]

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