May 9th 2012

Press Comment: Queen’s speech and surveillance

Nick Pickles, director of the civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “The Home Office have been very good at saying what the problem is, but seem intent on keeping the technical details of what they are proposing secret. It’s essential that the whole Bill, not just clauses, are subject to rigorous scrutiny. “Instead […]

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Apr 19th 2012

Press Comment: Passenger Name Records

Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, said : “Yet again the privacy and civil liberties of British and European citizens have been sold out for fear of upsetting the Americans. “This policy involves handing over our credit card numbers, details on our sex lives, ethnicity and political views, without legal process. Governments are betraying […]

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Apr 1st 2012

Press Comment: Home Office internet surveillance

Nick Pickles, director of the Big Brother Watch campaign group, said: “This is an unprecedented step that will see Britain adopt the same kind of surveillance seen in China and Iran. “This is an absolute attack on privacy online and it is far from clear this will actually improve public safety, while adding significant costs […]

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Mar 19th 2012

Press comment: Powers of Entry

Nick Pickles, director of civil liberties and privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “It is beyond belief that a Conservative Home Office Minister is so blatantly trying launch this issue into the long grass. “Two years of hand wringing will not change the fact that there are already more than 1,000 laws that give […]

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Mar 5th 2012

Press Comment: Clare’s law

Responding tonews that Home Secretary Theresa May is set to reveal that four areas in England and Wales will trial a “Clare’s Law” pilot scheme, that will give women the right to ask police about a partner’s history, Emma Carr, deputy director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “Far more […]

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