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Reaction to the Prime Minister’s anti-terrorism statement

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Emma Carr, director of Big Brother Watch, said: “It is of the utmost importance that the Government avoids any knee-jerk reaction towards creating new anti-terrorism legislation. In the past there have been too many examples where new powers were hastily created and went on to be proven to be ineffective, whilst intrinsically curbing the freedoms of ordinary members of the public. “The Government’s proposals to add new powers to the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures must be done so both carefully and transparently. …

New Big Brother Watch Team Announced

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Just months before Big Brother Watch’s fifth anniversary, we can today announce the new leadership team, following the departure of Nick Pickles, who left the campaign in May to join Twitter as UK Public Policy Manager. Emma Carr is to take up the role of Director, whilst Renate Samson is to become Chief Executive. Emma Carr joined Big Brother Watch (BBW) in February 2012 as Deputy Director and became Acting Director in May 2014. Over the course of the last …

Reaction to Met Police Roll Out of Body Worn Cameras

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Emma Carr, acting director of Big Brother Watch, said: “No member of the public should be subjected to this sort of surveillance without being fully aware it is taking place and how they can access a copy for themselves. “There have been too many instances in the past where officers have prevented members of the public from filming incidents involving the police, citing nonsense claims that it is illegal for them to do so. If the police want to gain …

The UK still lags behind the US in surveillance transparency

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If the UK is serious about conducting a proper debate on mass data collection and surveillance transparency, they would do well to take note of the issues raised in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) documents recently released by the US. In a redacted, 117-page document [PDF], FISC Judge John Bates heavily criticised the NSA’s repeated ‘overcollection’ of data, stating that: “The government has said nothing about how the systematic overcollection was permitted to continue, [redacted]. On the record before the …

Would you trust the Police to have access to your medical records?

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The patient-doctor relationship is the bedrock of the NHS, where patient confidentiality and trust in that system must be constantly maintained. Failure to maintain this trust could have devastating consequences for both individual patients and the NHS as a whole, which is why we are concerned that Greater Manchester Police has said that it wants direct and regular access to medical records. In an interview with The Guardian, Sir Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, has said …

Take Action: Nuisance Calls

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Channel 4 Dispatches has looked at the problem of nuisance phone calls, documenting the irritation and inconvenience that it can cause people around the country. Our acting director, Emma Carr, contributed to the investigation. Here, we have compiled the advice that is currently available for people concerned about any nuisance calls that they are receiving. Ofcom has created a video on what to do if you receive nuisance calls What are nuisance calls? The Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) Privacy and …

Body Worn Cameras Briefing

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With Police forces around the UK conducting trial schemes and roll outs of body worn cameras (BWCs), we have created a briefing on the use of the technology which can be viewed here (pdf). The largest trial has taken place within the Metropolitan Police Service, beginning on 8 May 2014 and seeing the distribution of 500 BWCs to officers in 10 London boroughs in an aim to repeat the success of a similar scheme in Rialto, Los Angeles. The £815,000 …

There’s No Such Thing As Free WiFi

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Following York Council’s announcement that the city is to become the first in the UK with city-wide free Wifi, the Council has found itself in hot water for failing to properly inform users about the fact mobile users could find personal information, including their precise location, exposed. It has been reported that when mobile users sign up for the free WiFi service they are inadvertently handing over vast amounts of personal information. The technology picks up signals from your mobile …

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights report on “The right to privacy in the digital age”

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Whilst the DRIP Bill process is coming to an end in Parliament, it is certainly timely that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has published his report on “The right to privacy in the digital age” (PDF). The report raises some important questions regarding the legitimacy of mass data retention, the role of private companies, and the potential impact on privacy and human rights. We have picked out (the many) key points from the report: …

Reaction to the DRIP Bill Debate

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Emma Carr, acting director of Big Brother Watch, said: “The process of pushing surveillance legislation through emergency proceedings has done nothing to reassure the public that the mistakes of previous Bills, including attempts to introduce disproportionate and far reaching snooping powers, are not being repeated. “The DRIP Bill represents a missed opportunity to enforce greater transparency and oversight through legislation. It is not entirely cynical to suggest that the Home Office will continue to benefit from the lack of data …