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Ethical surveillance under discussion at Global MSC Security Conference 2019

On Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 November, security practitioners, law enforcement professionals, academics and policymakers joined forces in Bristol to debate the ethical use of surveillance at the 21st edition of the annual Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition. Official...
Posted On 04 Dec 2019
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Security Industry Authority licence fraudster from West London remanded in custody

On Thursday 7 November, Oladeji Christopher Owolabi of West London pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and one offence contrary to the Identity Documents Act at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Owolabi is now in custody pending his sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court on...
Posted On 14 Nov 2019
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Police resilience and well-being trial sparks positive results for front line officers

A six-month trial examining the resilience and well-being of more than 1,000 serving police officers and staff has culminated in a free online mindfulness package being made available to the service. ​The randomised control trial split police officers and staff into three grou...
Posted On 14 Nov 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
The High Court in central London
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Liberty fights for “intrusive” facial recognition systems ban following court ruling

Campaigning organisation Liberty is battling for an outright ban on “intrusive and discriminatory” facial recognition technology after the High Court found its use by South Wales Police is currently lawful. Cardiff resident Ed Bridges, represented by Liberty, challenged South...
Posted On 04 Sep 2019
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Home Secretary chairs meeting of senior police officers to discuss tackling violent crime

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has chaired a meeting with police leaders from across the country to discuss what more can be done to tackle serious violence. Chief constables from seven forces, which have seen the highest levels of serious violence, met alongside Sara Thornton (chair...
Posted On 07 Mar 2019
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Jailed company director stole identities to supply “fake” security personnel at festivals

Lee Szuchnik, the director of a South Wales company that supplied events with bogus security staff using false identities, has been jailed for two years and three months at Cardiff Crown Court. His fellow director at LS Armour, namely Erica Lloyd, was handed a suspended sentence....
Posted On 24 Jan 2019
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Cardiff man receives go-ahead for legal challenge to police use of facial recognition technology

Cardiff resident Ed Bridges has been given the go-ahead to begin the first legal challenge to a UK police force’s use of automated facial recognition (AFR) technology in what will be a critical nationwide test of the state’s power to deploy radical biometric surveillance methods....
Posted On 09 Jul 2018
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Modernising and Digitising CCTV: Challenges for the Police Service

Currently, the UK’s public sector is faced with an economic climate that demands today’s services ‘do more with less’. One of those services is surveillance. Given the recent spate of criminality – and a surge in knife crime in particular since the start of this year –...
Posted On 22 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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