New ‘Smart’ CCTV records the erosion of civil liberties in even greater clarity and detail

The aftermath of recent riots in the UK has led, amongst other consequences, to a push in some quarters for greater usage of CCTV. The rationale for this approach seems to be that, if the UK’s enormous preponderance of CCTV cameras hasn’t yet made the country safe,...

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Riots are an argument for more civil liberties, not fewer

And so the post-mortem has begun. Now that the initial wave of rioting and looting appears to have subsided, the question of what can be done to prevent a repetition comes to the lips. David Cameron has come up with the, in our eyes rather feeble-minded, idea of restricting the use of...

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New CCTV legislation will only curb public sector excesses

Ah, Freedom Bill, how we discover almost-daily fresh evidence of your ineffectiveness. This recent piece from ukauthority.com reveals that the new CCTV code will likely only have an impact on the public sector (cameras operated by local authorities and police). That in itself is...

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People power vs CCTV: first Stoke, then the world

We spend a lot of time criticising governments and institutions for their shoddy and dangerous handling of sensitive privacy and civil liberties concerns. Rightly so, we believe — it’s imperative that powerful figures are held to account. We also believe that it’s...

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