Sep 15th 2010

Leave. It. Alone.

You can say many things about the civil liberties record of the previous government, but one thing is irrefutable: they rarely know when to stop chasing a lost cause. From 42 days to control orders, they were a model of illjudged and overbearing persistence. And so to today, during the report stage debate of the […]

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Sep 13th 2010

Now tax inspectors get police powers

Coming in the week that HMRC was forced to admit that 1.4 million people will need to pay back underpaid tax, it is perhaps not surprising that the Daily Telegraph has found that the taxman has been given superior snooping powers: The inspectors can now turn up at people’s homes or businesses unannounced and examine […]

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Sep 8th 2010

Plymouth school’s fingerprinting fun

No, not a pre-school art class story; rather Estover Community College (soon to be Tor Bridge High) have decided that in addition to the new buildings, equipment and books, some of the £39 million spent on a new refurbishment should be ploughed into sticking all of their children on a biometric database. As the Plymouth […]

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Sep 7th 2010

And while we’re on CCTV…

I'm sorry but I can't resist this (following my previous post). A story today from the Waltham Forest Guardian: Most CCTV systems in Waltham Forest are defunct due to a lack of investment, it has emerged. A cabinet report says the equipment used by police and the authority is “significantly past recommended life expectancy”. The […]

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Sep 7th 2010

What we’re up against

It is very flattering to be name-checked in pro-surveillance website CCTV Core's latest story about how wrong we are when it comes to hating the proliferation of spy cameras. According to CCTV Core, in an effort to counter our – and Nick Clegg's – anti-CCTV rhetoric, a group of CCTV-loving organisations have pooled resources and […]

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