Oct 25th 2018

Joint statement on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2018

Nine human rights organisations today express their deep concern about the implications of the UK government’s proposed Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill for fundamental rights. The Bill presents serious threats to freedom of expression, and would have a censorious effect on press freedom and academic research, as well as presenting a threat to access to […]

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Sep 13th 2018

UK mass surveillance ruled unlawful in landmark judgment

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) today ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached the Article 8 right to privacy enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court found that the UK’s mass surveillance programmes, revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, did ‘not meet the “quality of law” requirement’ and were  […]

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Jul 25th 2018

Big Brother Watch Begins Landmark Legal Challenge to Police Use of Facial Recognition Surveillance

Big Brother Watch and Baroness Jenny Jones have issued proceedings in the High Court, in a crowdfunded legal challenge to the Home Secretary and Metropolitan Police’s use of “Orwellian” facial recognition cameras. The civil liberties group has issued a claim in the High Court requesting permission to proceed with a judicial review of the Metropolitan […]

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Jun 28th 2018

Big Brother Watch response to the Biometrics Strategy

Director Silkie Carlo said: “The Government’s biometrics strategy is a major disappointment. After five years of waiting, it reads like a late piece of homework with a remarkable lack of any strategy. While Big Brother Watch and others are doing serious work to analyse the rights impact of the growing use of biometrics, the Home Office […]

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