UK: Lost in the Matrix – how police surveillance is mapping protest movements

Tuesday, 2 August 2022 — NetPol

How can British police, who have struggled for so long to justify its surveillance on alleged “extremists”, ever hope to adequately categorise something as subjective as people’s political opinions? As Netpol asked in March 2021, how do campaigners become “aggravated activists” – the new label applied to those taking action that challenges state and corporate interests?

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A ‘duty of candour’ must extend to the policing of protests

30 June 2021 — Netpol

Photo Credit © William Bowles

Last week’s condemnation of proposed government restrictions on protests in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill as “oppressive and wrong” by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has somewhat overshadowed its call for greater openness and transparency over the way the police impose restrictions on protests.

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G7 Summit police confused about duty to protect freedom of assembly

7 June 2021 — NetPol

Protests against the forthcoming G7 summit, from 11-13 June in Carbis Bay in Cornwall, are expected to face a huge policing operation that includes exclusion zones and around 6500 officers from around the country. A coalition of organisations under the banner “Resist G7” are organising demonstrations on each day of the summit and separately, Extinction Rebellion South West plans a series of actions.
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Netpol’s guide to resisting police surveillance

3 April 2021 — NetPol

As #KillTheBill activists prepare to take to the streets this weekend, we’ve written a quick-start guide to resisting police surveillance of protests. 

The last few weeks have seen police mount a huge evidence gathering operation, tracking and targeting people for arrests and fines. Thousands have been filmed, photographed and logged on police databases after protesting against sweeping new police powers.

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24 November 2020: What happened last week at the spycops inquiry

24 November 2020 — Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS)

The public was largely shut out – only given official access to a live stream in a room in London, online it was limited to a live transcript which was a real eye strain to read for hours on end. Once again, it fell to those abused by spycops to being the truth to the public.

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Spycops monthly roundup, March 2020

4 March 2020 — Spycops

Here’s this month’s roundup of news from the campaign for truth and justice about Britain’s political secret police.


The Metropolitan Police have upheld a complaint against undercover officer Andy Coles, made by ‘Jessica’ who he deceived into a relationship when he was deployed in the 1990s.

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