May 31st 2012

Oxford drops always-on audio taxi recording

Back in November last year, we launched a campaign to stop Oxford Council recording the conversations of taxi passengers in the city. It received international attention, while local MPs and MEPs joined in our condemnation of the idea. We can now confirm the Council has dropped the scheme, with the Council’s licensing boss telling the […]

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Apr 10th 2012

Will Oxford Council back down on audio CCTV in taxis?

Amid the furore over Government plans for massively expanded internet surveillance, we didn’t announce an important piece of news from Oxford. Following our campaign against plans to force taxis in the town to record audio and video of every journey, Oxford Council has announced it is suspending the policy. Our campaign was joined by Nicola […]

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Mar 30th 2012

Oxford MP joins campaign against audio CCTV

This afternoon Oxford Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has joined Big Brother Watch in urging Oxford City Council to suspend their scheme to install CCTV cameras in all new taxis from 1 April. This follows from last week’s protest by taxi drivers, attended by Big Brother Watch Director Nick Pickles, who was […]

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