Big Brother Watch

Innocent Until Proven Guilty - Not When It Comes To Your Face

Renate Samson | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK
Renate Samson

Facial recognition sounds fairly benign. Right now you are probably visualising a policeman watching 100's of television screens showing CCTV images looking out for known criminals lingering in the crowd. Well, that might have been the case in the past, but with this technology the process is automated by an intelligent computer programme.

MPs Will Debate 900-Page 'Snoopers' Charter' For Just Five Hours

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Politics

The Government risks undermining civil liberties by trying to push through its ‘snoopers’ charter’ with little scrutiny from MPs, a pressure gro...

Have Your Say on the Future of Surveillance in the UK

Renate Samson | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Tech
Renate Samson

Now that every aspect of our day to day lives is conducted online, our homes and cars are connected to the internet and data is the very life blood of society, it's no longer a case of nothing to hide nothing to fear.

Only Real Transparency Can Build Public Trust in How Surveillance Powers Are Used

Daniel Nesbitt | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Nesbitt

The need for more information is given greater urgency by the words of Commander Richard Martin, head of intelligence and covert policing at the Met. In the article Commander Martin states that Communications Data is now routinely used in almost every criminal investigation.

Anderson's Report Is a Vital Addition to the Debate on Privacy and Security

Daniel Nesbitt | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Nesbitt

This calm and well-informed approach is vital to ensure that no new legislation is rushed through to beat the sunset clause of December 2016 outlined in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act.

Now Is the Time for a Steady, Considered Approach to Counter-Terrorism, Not Knee Jerk Reactions

Emma Carr | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Politics
Emma Carr

Placing an entire population under surveillance whilst failing to adequately resource not only the intelligence agencies but those tasked with holding them to account, is both an unacceptable intrusion of our freedoms and creates nothing more than a chilling effect on free expression for anyone communicating in, or with, the UK.

The Digitisation of the Court Room - a Step Into the 21st Century

Milly (Millicent) Bygrave | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Politics
Milly (Millicent) Bygrave

In light of the 'Criminal Justice System Digital Business Model' being launched and police body surveillance camera schemes being piloted within the UK, Milly Bygrave explores what impact this scheme could have on our justice system and what lies in the future of digital evidence.

Westminster Can No Longer Ignore Surveillance Reform

Emma Carr | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Politics
Emma Carr

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.

UK Spies Could Face European Court For Snooping On Citizens

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK

The UK's most vociferous privacy campaigners have slammed the British justice system as not fit for purpose, in dealing with damning allegations about...

Wondered Why You've Been Getting Junk Mail?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Councils have been accused of cashing in on people's names and addresses - leading to a mountain of junk mail. More than 300 local authorities sold...

New Details Of Government Requests For Twitter Information

The Huffington Post UK | Stephen Hull | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK

The British government has requested more account information from Twitter about its users than countries often criticised for their human rights reco...

Jessica Elgot

How Much Information Are We Giving Facebook And Google? | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK

Your alarm goes off on your mobile to wake you up at half six, and you fumble to turn it off. Swiping to turn off the ringing, you'll see alerts that ...

Public Losing Faith With Google Over Privacy: Study

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Tech

Almost two-thirds of internet users want governments to do more to force search engine giant Google to comply with rules on privacy and use of persona...

Australians Able To Watch British CCTV In 'Pointless And Perverted' Move

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Australians are now able to view CCTV footage in UK stores in a move slammed as "pointless and perverted." Cornwall-based website Internet Eyes of...

Tracking Car Chases And Riots With A Drone The Size Of A Hobby Aircraft

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK

Police drones could be used for car chases, tracking hidden suspects, monitoring riots or protests or traffic violations - but UK airspace is so crowd...

Drones Could Patrol UK Skies, Says Police Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK

Police minister Damian Green has backed the use of controversial unmanned drones to patrol the UK's skies, to monitor criminal activity and provide ai...

More Than 200 Schools Using CCTV Cameras In Toilets Or Changing Rooms

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than 200 schools are using CCTV cameras in toilets or changing rooms, figures showed on Wednesday. A total of 825 cameras were located in the ...

How Much Does Your Council Spend On CCTV?

PA | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK

Councils spent more than £500 million installing and operating CCTV cameras over the last four years, campaigners said today. Birmingham City and ...

Councils Commit 'Thousands' Of Personal Data Breaches, Say Civil Liberties Group

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK

Councils have admitted to officially losing "hundreds" of people's personal data, with thousands more of children's details thought to have been "comp...

Council Plans To Record All Conversations In Taxis

PA | Posted 14.11.2011 | UK

Plans to record all conversations in taxis licensed by a city council are a "staggering invasion of privacy" which show a "total disregard for civil l...

Labour's Scaremongering Sideshow Lets the Coalition Off the Hook

Nick Pickles | Posted 07.01.2012 | UK Politics
Nick Pickles

The Protection of Freedoms Bill does a great deal to begin the move away from the authoritarian excesses of recent years. It does not, however, represent the end of indefinite retention of innocent people's DNA.