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Emma Carr

Director, Big Brother Watch

Emma Carr joined Big Brother Watch as Deputy Director in February 2012 having worked for political campaign and research groups in the UK. She was actively involved in politics at university and worked on the 2010 general election in the North East.

Emma graduated from Northumbria University in 2010 with a degree in History and Politics and recently completed a MSc in Public Services Policy and Management at King’s College London. She has a particular interest in cyber security and cyber crime, which formed the topic of her dissertation.

Emma regularly features on radio and television, having appeared on the Today Programme, ITV Daybreak, Al Jazeera, Woman’s Hour, Sky News and BBC News 24, and is regularly quoted in the national and regional press.

Reviving the Snooper's Charter Would Be Disproportionate and Misguided

We must approach today's report with calm and thoughtfulness. We should recognise that surveillance of an entire population is both an unacceptable intrusion on our freedoms and creates nothing more than a chilling effect on free expression for anyone communicating in, or with, the UK.
25/11/2014 16:32 GMT

Westminster Can No Longer Ignore Surveillance Reform

The debate around striking the balance between security and privacy may still be in its infancy, with secrecy a well-worn habit when it comes to our security agencies. Yet it is not abundantly clear that if we do not, as the US and other countries now accept is essential, bring our legal framework and oversight mechanisms in line with the expansive surveillance made possible by modern technology, our economy our privacy and our security will all suffer.
05/03/2014 11:09 GMT

The Americans Are Ready to Reform Surveillance Laws, So Why Aren't We?

The Snowden revelations have indicated that the security services have engaged in legally dubious gathering and monitoring of our communications data. We know that they, along with some ministers, want the legal power to do this on an even larger scale. David Davis MP recently requested his mobile phone provider to give him all the data they held on him for a single year. What they gave him could fill a shelf and highlighted serious implications for our privacy that access to metadata can have.
17/01/2014 17:22 GMT