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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Mar 22nd 2012

Taking the battle for privacy to Oxford Town Hall

Yesterday I headed to meeting in Oxford to discuss the proposed audio/video CCTV in taxis. More than 250 drivers have now signed a petition against the scheme – totally undermining the council’s claim that this is a policy the drivers want. Sadly the Council weren’t too keen on having me there so I was asked […]

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Mar 16th 2012

Oxford’s taxi drivers speak out against audio recording

Last year Big Brother Watch led the campaign against Oxford Councils‘ plan to force taxis to record audio as well as video for every journey made. Since then, a court in Southampton has ruled the policy is unlawful and the council has been forced to consider exempting chauffeurs from the policy. But still it refuses […]

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