Oct 26th 2019

Facial Recognition at Liberty Stadium: Big Brother Watch & Football Supporters’ Association Wales Comments

South Wales Police has vowed to scan football fans with live facial recognition at the Cardiff City v Swansea City football match tomorrow. The game takes place at Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Sunday 27th October (kick off 12pm). It’s the first known use of the surveillance technology at a football match since a controversial […]

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Oct 4th 2019

Big Brother Watch statement on Government request to prevent Facebook encryption

“The proposal for a Government backdoor to global encrypted communications is one of the most damaging of the information age. It’s an attack on our ability to have private conversations online. “Authorities already have a raft of strong powers to read the communications of targeted suspects. But seeking backdoors to Facebook platforms, which are used […]

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Sep 18th 2019

MPs and rights groups call for “urgent stop” to facial recognition surveillance

MPs across parties including David Davis MP, Diane Abbott MP, Jo Swinson MP, and Caroline Lucas MP call for an “immediate stop” to face surveillance The call is backed by 25 rights and technology groups including Big Brother Watch, Amnesty International, and Ada Lovelace Institute The statement follows revelations of an “epidemic” of facial recognition […]

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Sep 4th 2019

Big Brother Watch response to judgment on South Wales Police use of facial recognition

“Today’s judgment acknowledges that live facial recognition surveillance by South Wales Police interferes with the public’s privacy rights but contends that its use, even to monitor peaceful protesters, is lawful. We feel that people in Wales have been let down and are pleased that Mr Bridges intends to appeal this profoundly disappointing judgment, which failed […]

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Aug 16th 2019

Facial Recognition ‘Epidemic’ in the UK

An investigation by Big Brother Watch has uncovered a facial recognition ‘epidemic’ across privately owned sites in the UK. The civil liberties campaign group has found major property developers, shopping centres, museums, conference centres and casinos using the technology in the UK. Millions of shoppers scanned Their investigation uncovered the use of live facial recognition […]

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