The internet of things is coming, and it’s not just the CIA who are excited. Last week Intel, the chip manufacturer, predicted that by 2015 there will be more than 15 billion internet-connected devices and one third of these connected devices will be intelligent systems. The CIA are already getting excited, with Director David Petraeus talking about the”transformational” effect on “clandestine tradecraft.” The proposed draft Communications Data Bill is so broadly drafted it’s been warned that a system to control … →
Big Brother Watch will be attending all three party conferences this year – here are the details of our events. For the events at UKIP and Conservative conferences you will not need a security pass, however both the Labour and Liberal Democrat events are inside the secure zone. Full details are below.
Based on data covering more than 2,000 secondary schools and academies, Big Brother Watch warns that there are more than 100,000 CCTV cameras in secondary schools and academies across England, Wales and Scotland. With some schools seeing a ratio of one camera for every five pupils, more than two hundred schools using CCTV in bathrooms and changing rooms and more cameras inside school buildings as outside, the picture across the country will undoubtedly shock and surprise many. To put into … →
Dear Prime Minister, Re: Department for Education consultation on parental internet controls We write to you as the consultation on parental controls closes. In recent years there have been two comprehensive reviews into the issue of child safety online, the Byron Review and the Bailey Review. They considered a wealth of academic expertise, parental concerns and technical input and both arrived at the same conclusion – parents are the best people to decide what their children can see. To ignore … →
Yesterday I was a guest on Radio 4′s PM Programme debating a new petition to be handed in to Government on Thursday calling for a ‘default block’ on internet browsing. One of the key statistics relied upon by the campaign is that “1 in 3 10 year olds have seen pornography online “. They do recognise it was published in Psychologies Magazine in 2010, but the appearance is given that this is a serious statistic. It’s also used in their … →
Today a petition will be handed in calling for the Government to abandon its current position on internet safety and to instead enforce a ‘default block’ system. The Coalition for a Digital Economy have summarised five reasons why this is a bad idea, while Christian blog Crimperman outlines the serious parenting and freedom of speech issues involved. As we’ve previously argued, default blocking is a dangerous system that risks lulling parents into a false sense of security, while being trivial … →
The Reform Section 5 Campaign continues to gather support – here’s their latest campaign video.
In one week the Department for Education’s consultation on parental internet controls will close. We know other groups have been organising their members to submit strong responses calling for Government to take control of the internet, enforcing a ‘default block’ option that would mean you’re not able to see some legal content without opt-ing in. Who would decide what is blocked is not known – already some political content and non-pornographic content is blocked by mobile phone operators as part … →
Our latest report, ‘A legacy of surveillance‘, looks at how the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act has been used by both local and public authorities in recent years. A decade on and more than three million authorisations later, our research found how there is still a great deal of uncertainty about how and why the powers are being used – and a clear need for the Coalition to go further to protect civil liberties. While the Coalition has changed the … →
Following our complaint to the Information Commissioner, last month Southampton Council was handed an enforcement notice for it’s policy of requiring taxis to record both audio and video of every taxi journey. The council has now announced it will appeal the ICO’s action, despite the policy being branded invasive and disproportionate by a judge and the Information Commissioner saying it goes too far. For Southampton Council to fight in the courts for the right to record the conversation of every … →