Britain: The Database State

23 May 2019 — True Publica

By TruePublica: Britain is a surveillance state, the worst in the democratic West. In a short period of time, it has amassed a rather sordid history of citizen surveillance – and it continues to be unlawful. Last September’s damning judgement of British security operations against its own people saw the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rule that the government had unlawfully obtained data from communications companies and didn’t put in place safeguards around how it did it.  But what does the state really know about us and what about the future?

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Government forced to delete millions of illegal citizen biometric voiceprints

14 May 2019 — True Publica

Last year, TruePublica published an article about how the British government were now going ‘full Orwellian‘ in their attempt to build a national biometric database. The opening line to the article was – “We said that the government would eventually take the biometric data of every single citizen living in Britain and use it for nefarious reasons.  DNA, fingerprint, face, and even voice data will be included. But that’s not all.” 

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Statewatch News Online, 13 May 2019 (12/19)

13 May 2019 — Statewatch

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STATEWATCH NEWS

1.    Mytilene, Greece: Peaceful demonstration and the human right to freedom of assembly prevails
2.    EU: Frontex gets ready to deploy to the Balkans
3.    EU: Construction of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)
4.    EU criminal law could cover “crimes relating to artificial intelligence”
5.    EU: The human rights monitoring ship Mare Liberum is being prevented from leaving port
6.    Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe 
7.    EU: Common European Asylum System: deadlock in the Council
8.    ECHR: Terrorism convict can be deported from France to Algeria without any ri

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Statewatch News Online, 29 April 2019 (10/19)

29 April 2019 — Statewatch

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STATEWATCH NEWS

1.  EU: Police press ahead with efforts to automate cross-border information-sharing
2.  EU: National security and fundamental rights: problems with definitions and the rule of law
3.  SPAIN: Ethnic profiling in Catalonia: for every police identity check on a Spanish national
4.  Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (9-15.4.19)

NEWS

1.   EU lawmakers rubber-stamp European Defence Fund, give up parliamentary veto
2.   UK: Self-harm in detention centre up threefold in three years despite drop in population
3.   German Police launches “National Internet Referral Unit“
4.   MALTA: Media reports on foreign suspects show worrying trends, researchers say
5.   Case filed against Greece in Strasbourg Court over Crackdown on Humanitarian Organisations
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EU: ‘Fingerprinting Regulation’ approved now we need your help to monitor its implementation

4 April 2019 — Statewatch

Statewatch News Online, 4 April 2019 

‘Fingerprinting Regulation’ approved – now we need your help to monitor its implementation

On 4 April the European Parliament voted in favour of a Regulation that introduces a requirement for the mandatory fingerprinting of all national identity card holders in the EU – but this is not the end of the story, because now the measures will be implemented by national governments. We need your support to continue monitoring this dangerous new law.

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Open Rights Group Newsletter 3 April 2019

3 April 2019 — Open Rights Group

Open Rights Group has announced ORGCon is back on 13 July 2019 with Edward Snowden as our keynote speaker! From the use of data in the democratic process to the impact of algorithms on free expression, we’ll be covering all things digital at our London conference. Early bird tickets are on sale now.
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Statewatch News Online, 18 March 2019 (07/19)

18 March 2019 — Statewatch.org

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STATEWATCH NEWS

1.   EU: Open letter to MEPs: oppose mandatory fingerprinting for national identity cards
2.   EU: Security Union: new measures  introduce biometric identity cards and a new database
3.   ECHR: Three judgments: detention of and lack of care for unaccompanied minors in Greece
4.   EU: Biometrics, extended travel surveillance, internal-external “synergies”:
5.   EU: Saving lives in the Mediterranean: human rights organisations propose plan
6.   Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (5-12.3.19)
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Mark Zuckerberg’s “Privacy Manifesto”: A brief for intensifying Internet and social media censorship By Kevin Reed

12 March 2019 — WSWS

On March 6, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a statement entitled “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking” on the Notes tab of his personal page. Widely described as a “manifesto,” the document is a brief for ending the mass public exchange of ideas on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as across the Internet as a whole, under the guise of “protecting privacy.”

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