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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
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UK’s mass surveillance ruled unlawful in landmark European Court of Human Rights judgement

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached Article 8 ‘The Right to Privacy’ enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court found that the UK’s mass surveillance programmes, revealed by NSA...
Posted On 13 Sep 2018
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Metropolitan Police Service develops mobile fingerprint device to save time and public money

The Metropolitan Police Service has become the first British police force to develop its own mobile fingerprint device in a move that’s designed to save both officer time and public money. The mobile biometric device, named INK (Identity Not Known) Biometrics, scans...
Posted On 16 Aug 2018
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Big Brother Watch begins “landmark legal challenge” to police use of facial recognition surveillance technology

Privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch and Baroness Jenny Jones have issued proceedings in the High Court in a crowdfunded legal challenge to the Home Secretary and the Metropolitan Police Service’s use of what it describes as “Orwellian” facial recognition...
Posted On 26 Jul 2018
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Big Brother Watch accuses HMRC of creating “biometric ID cards by the back door”

According to Big Brother Watch, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has collected 5.1 million taxpayers’ voiceprints without their consent. Millions of callers to HMRC have been required to repeat the phrase: “My voice is my password” on an automated line before being...
Posted On 25 Jun 2018