Feb 15 2017

Our concerns debated by Lords in Digital Economy Bill Committee Stage.

Part 5 of the Digital Economy Bill was debated in the House of Lords a few days ago during its Committee Stage. As you will know if you have been following our work, Big Brother Watch have proposed 12 changes we want to see made to the Bill before it becomes law. These changes, we […]

Feb 14 2017

Government Cyber Security Strategy – how does encryption fit into all of this?

The new National Cyber Security Centre was officially opened today – although the unofficial opening was 5 months ago. The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond MP, gave a speech outlining the need for a stronger approach to cyber security and the need for all of us, Government, business and citizens to work together to improve our security […]

Feb 10 2017

The Government’s Digital Transformation Strategy: putting the cart before the horse.

The Government has finally published its digital strategy. The Government Transformation Strategy sets out some shiny plans for “how the government will harness digital technologies, skills and tools to transform public services and put the citizen first.” The Ministerial foreword highlights some interesting realisations that “citizens feel that they live at the convenience of the […]

Feb 4 2017

Yet More Surveillance in the Classroom

First it was police officers, then it was council officials and now it seems schools are beginning to issue teachers with body worn cameras. Two UK schools have reportedly begun using the technology to gather evidence of serious misbehaviour or to capture “moments worth sharing”. Already many schools have introduced CCTV cameras, biometric systems and […]

Feb 3 2017

PAC Report is cause for yet more data sharing concerns

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has today released a scathing report, hitting out at the Government’s poor approach to protecting our personal information. The overriding concern given by the report is one of confusion across Government. This would be worrying at any time, but with the Digital Economy Bill currently being debated in the House […]

Jan 12 2017

Update on the Government’s Custody Image Review

Back in February 2015 it was revealed that over 18 million custody images had been uploaded to a searchable police database. It is thought that many of these images were of innocent people. It was done without informing either the Biometrics Commissioner or the Home Office. The scheme was the subject of widespread criticism from […]