The Guardian — “The incompetence and casual authoritarianism demonstrated by the Met police here is breathtaking”

The Met has issued misleading and chilling statements ahead of today’s demonstrations in London, denying our rights to organise and attend protests under current Coronavirus laws. We have sent an urgent letter to the Met with Liberty to demand a correction. (You can read the letter here.) This is a misrepresentation of the law that …

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Big Brother Watch & Liberty Send a Letter to the Met about Today’s Demonstrations in London

The Met has issued misleading and chilling statements ahead of today’s demonstrations in London, denying our rights to organise and attend protests under current Coronavirus laws. We have sent an urgent letter to the Met with Liberty to demand a correction. You can read the letter here. The post Big Brother Watch & Liberty Send …

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Daily Mail — Councils using huge amounts of highly personal data and predictive analytics to create covid risk scores

A Big Brother Watch investigation has found councils using huge amounts of highly personal data and predictive analytics to create covid risk scores with private data firm Xantura — and even predict who might break self-isolation. It is stereotyping at its worst. We do not yet know where some of this data is sourced. This …

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Big Brother Watch signed a joint civil society statement in defence of end to end encryption

Big Brother Watch signed a joint civil society statement in defence of end to end encryption, in light of growing government attacks. More about the statement is here: https://www.gp-digital.org/news/gpd-signs-joint-civil-society-statement-in-support-of-encryption/ The post Big Brother Watch signed a joint civil society statement in defence of end to end encryption appeared first on Big Brother Watch. Source

Covid Police Fines Misused Warn Big Brother Watch and Libery

Liberty and Big Brother Watch call for review of £10,000 police fines 10 police forces with worst record of discrimination warned in legal letters Forces must review fines to ensure compliance with equality laws Liberty and Big Brother Watch have called on Chief Constables at 10 police forces to act on discrimination and misuse of …

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openDemocracy — “a shameful reflection on the government’s attitude towards transparency”

Government’s Cabinet office is running an Orwellian unit to block FOI requests and blacklist journalists. This list includes journalists and researchers from The Guardian, the BBC, openDemocracy, Privacy International and Big Brother Watch and many others. Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch said: “We’re appalled that such important information rights have been so disrespected …

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BIG BROTHER WATCH AND LIBERTY WARN COVID FINES MUST BE URGENTLY REVIEWED

Big Brother Watch and Liberty have written to police forces urging them to undertake a review of all fines issued under the lockdown laws, amid serious concerns of wrongfully issued fines and racial discrimination. Across England and Wales, people of colour have received fines at a rate 1.6 times higher than white people. This is …

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Big Brother Watch applied for permission to intervene in legal challenge R (Dolan and others) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Big Brother Watch, with the help of an excellent legal team – Kirsty Brimelow QC and Jude Bunting from Doughty Street Chambers, Emmet Coldrick from Quadrant Law Chambers and Jules Carey from Bindmans LLP – applied for permission to intervene in legal challenge R (Dolan and others) v Secretary of State for Health and Social …

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On Labour’s anti-vax censorship policy

At the weekend, the Labour Party announced their proposal to “stamp out ” anti-vaccine opinions online. The policy would involve penalising online platforms that allow so-called “anti-vax” content on their website, effectively making such content prohibited on major online platforms used by billions of people to communicate across the world. In the midst of the …

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