Jun 24th 2018

5 million biometric IDs by the back door – HMRC’s voice IDs, your rights and the law

DOES HMRC HAVE YOUR VOICE ID? Big Brother Watch expects HMRC to delete its giant database of voice IDs – but at the very least, it must publish accessible information as to how individuals can easily and securely have their voiceprint deleted. The ICO is now investigating this issue. However, if you want to take […]

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Apr 26th 2012

Indiscriminate or widespread monitoring under ACTA illegal, warns EU

In January, we highlighted how new efforts to combat counterfeit goods could mean a huge degree of monitoring of internet connections. Under the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) we warned that the implications of the law would force ISPs to police  everything that their customers did online or be held liable for any illegal activity […]

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Apr 2nd 2012

Big Brother will be watching you

In an unprecedented step that will see Britain adopt the same kind of surveillance as China and Iran, police and intelligence officers are to be handed powers to monitor people’s messages online.  The plans have been described as an “attack on the privacy” of a vast number of Britons by the Independent and have attracted […]

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Sep 23rd 2010

The absurdity of border control questions

Something controversial to start the day: I do not find Dad's Army particularly funny. But does that make me un-British? According to UK Border Control, it does: From the Independent: Mohamed Nur, 26, was stopped at Heathrow airport in June after returning from a holiday in Dubai. He was held for nine hours and forced […]

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Sep 20th 2010

Operation Crackdown

On Saturday the Daily Mail ran details of a bizarre operation being run by Sussex Police called 'Operation Crackdown'. The basic premise of OC is that local people are encouraged to submit reports of 'anti-social driving' online. Which might seem fair enough, except that all the numberplates are held on a central database, cross-referenced with […]

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