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Metropolitan Police begins operational use of live facial recognition technology

The Metropolitan Police Service is to begin the operational use of live facial recognition technology. The use of such technology will be intelligence-led and deployed to specific locations in London. This will help to tackle serious crime, including serious violence and gun...
Posted On 27 Jan 2020
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NPCC supports UK Government’s call for Facebook to “pause encryption efforts”

Home Secretary Priti Patel has published an open letter to Facebook, co-signed with US Attorney General William Barr, Acting US Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, outlining “serious concerns” with the...
Posted On 09 Oct 2019
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MPs and rights groups call for “urgent stop” to facial recognition surveillance

MPs and rights groups have called on police services and private companies across the UK to “immediately stop” using live facial recognition surveillance systems in public spaces. In a joint call to action published by civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, the groups...
Posted On 24 Sep 2019
Alistair Enser
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The Final Frontier: Brexit and Solving ‘The Irish Border Conundrum’

The border that currently separates Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland continues to be a fundamental sticking point in the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Could the use of cutting-edge security technology provide a workable solution that avoids a hard border? Alistair...
Posted On 26 Aug 2019
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Big Brother Watch investigation unearths “facial recognition epidemic” in UK

An investigation by Big Brother Watch has uncovered a facial recognition “epidemic” across privately owned sites in the UK. The civil liberties campaign group has found major property developers, Shopping Centres, museums, conference centres and casinos using the...
Posted On 16 Aug 2019
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Report raises concerns over Met Police trials of live facial recognition technology

A new report produced by researchers from the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project based at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre identifies “significant flaws” with the way in which live facial recognition technology was trialled in London by...
Posted On 04 Jul 2019
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Big Brother Watch hails ICO decision as HMRC forced to delete five million voice IDs

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been forced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to delete the voice IDs for no less than five million taxpayers from its database, with civil liberties campaigner Big Brother Watch hailing the news a “massive...
Posted On 02 Jun 2019
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UK mass surveillance challenge “will go to Europe’s highest Human Rights court”

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear Big Brother Watch and others’ case against mass surveillance by the UK Government. In September last year, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached the...
Posted On 07 Feb 2019
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HMRC’s controversial data capture scheme facing backlash as thousands delete Voice IDs

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) controversial collection of millions of Voice IDs is facing a backlash as thousands of taxpayers are opting out and deleting their Voice IDs. Since a Big Brother Watch investigation last June revealed that HMRC had scooped up five...
Posted On 25 Jan 2019
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Big Brother Watch responds to planned police use of “authoritarian” facial recognition

The police service has come under fire from civil liberties campaigners for what’s described as the former’s “continued use of live facial recognition surveillance” which Big Brother Watch has branded “authoritarian, dangerous and lawless.”  Back in May,...
Posted On 17 Dec 2018