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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
Steven Webb
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Facial Recognition Technology: Preventing The Loss of Data

While we all continue to take and share a huge number of photos with various arrays of smart phones and tablets, there’s now an increasing concern about how people’s biometric data is being kept and subsequently used. This is mainly due to a certain level of consumer...
Posted On 23 Sep 2019
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Liberty and Privacy International bid to uncover phone spying technology

Human rights organisations Liberty and Privacy International have been in court fighting to force the police service to reveal whether or not it’s using IMSI catchers. IMSI catchers are surveillance tools which mimic mobile phone towers, tricking phones into connecting with...
Posted On 03 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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CDEI and RUSI hold discussion groups to examine use of algorithms in policing

The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) is partnering with the defence and security-focused Think Tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) to carry out research into the potential for algorithmic bias in policing and how to ensure adequate oversight of these...
Posted On 08 Aug 2019
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Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2019 to focus on ‘Ethical Use of Surveillance Technologies’

Global MSC Security has announced the theme and agenda for the 21st Edition of its Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition (for which Risk Xtra is serving as Official Media Partner). Running on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 November 2019 at the Bristol Hotel in central Bristol,...
Posted On 03 Jul 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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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 launches legal challenge to “dangerously authoritarian” facial recognition cameras

Big Brother Watch has launched a landmark legal challenge to the Metropolitan Police Service’s use of real-time facial recognition cameras. The organisation has joined forces with Parliamentarian Baroness Jenny Jones to urge Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Cressida Dick,...
Posted On 15 Jun 2018
Silkie Carlo
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“Dangerous and inaccurate” police facial recognition technology exposed in Big Brother Watch report

Big Brother Watch is launching a campaign calling for the police service to stop using what the privacy and civil liberties champion deems to be “controversial” facial recognition technology, which has been branded by the group as “dangerous and inaccurate”. The...
Posted On 22 May 2018
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