Full body scanners: less effective than dogs.

Full body scanners at airports. Sure, they may be expensive. Sure, they display you naked to airport security employees. If they prevent planes being blown out of the sky, though, that’s a price worth paying. Right? How about if claims for their effectiveness are hugely...

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Details of Intercept Modernisation Programme emerge

So. The government has finally broken its silence regarding the details of the resurrected Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP). Sir Bonar Neville-Kingdom, a man who appears to have the order of his name rather mixed up, gave a speech at the Institute for Government on Tuesday...

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Where would you rather your children grew up? London, Glasgow … or Kabul?

Mark Sedwill, senior civilian representative for Nato, made one of the more bizarre comments of the year last week when he claimed that “children are probably safer [in Kabul] than they would be in London, New York or Glasgow or many other cities.” His extraordinary remark was...

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Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) civil liberties threat

How do you feel about every major journey you take in your car being tracked by a network of cameras? This is the situation in the UK, where we have the dubious distinction of being the most surveillance-heavy state on the planet. Since March 2006, a network of Automatic Number Plate...

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An IMPish video from the US

It looks as though the UK’s absurd approach to civil liberties is even being noticed across the Atlantic! This is a humorous (and delightfully-titled) perspective on the Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) from the U.S. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHTz08UzsXE]

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