Aug 12th 2013

New CCTV Code of Practice comes into force

Today a new Code of Practice on the use of CCTV comes into force, to sit alongside the new position of Surveillance Camera Commissioner. The code is a step in the right direction towards bringing proper oversight to the millions of cameras that capture our movements every day. However, with only a small fraction of […]

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Aug 20th 2012

Southampton fights to record your conversations

Following our complaint to the Information Commissioner, last month Southampton Council was handed an enforcement notice for it’s policy of requiring taxis to record both audio and video of every taxi journey. The council has now announced it will appeal the ICO’s action, despite the policy being branded invasive and disproportionate by a judge and […]

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Jul 31st 2012

Doncaster joins the audio-CCTV club

After successfully challenging audio-CCTV in Oxford and Southampton, it has come to our attention that Doncaster is also pursuing audio recording in taxis. Always-on audio recording means recording every minute of every conversation of every passenger. It is a disproportionate and intrusive policy that goes against data protection law and does little to address to […]

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Jul 25th 2012

Now Southampton Council faces action for audio taxi recording

After our successful campaign against Oxford council’s plans to force local taxi drivers to record the conversations of their passengers, the focus has now turned to Southampton. We had urged the Information Commissioner to investigate the use of audio recording and today the Information Commissioner ordered Southampton Council to stop it’s own version of the […]

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Jul 25th 2012

Eyes on the Olympics

To enter you’ll have to go through airport-style security, or be fully accredited and security checked. Despite all this, Big Brother Watch has found that the Olympic village and Olympic park will have more CCTV cameras than Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh combined. The Olympic Delivery Authority confirmed in a reply to our Freedom […]

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