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New mass surveillance database and 1984 action day - It's time to start speaking out against this covert and insidious destruction of our basic inalienable right to be let alone... more...

The silent increase in London's mass surveillance network, one year on... - At the time no-one seems to have noticed. One year on the sound of silence is still deafening.... more...

Magna Carta - our ancestors never imagined we would stop short - It was only to exhibit to their children the means that made them free, that they left this memorial to after ages... more...

When The Language Of Freedom dies, Freedom Dies With It - It is through language that we communicate and understand concepts such as freedom... more...

Orwell's warnings as relevant as ever - It is only through our own actions that we can effect a change to thinking in our societies... more...

CCTV Looking Out For Them Not You - the Home Office told local authorities to talk up any apparent successes of CCTV... more...

8th June 2014 - Time For Big Brother to Retire - We are living in the dystopian world of '1984' now. But we can change it.... more...

Body cameras - The 5 Laws of FFUCams - it might be true that the camera never lies, but who operates the camera?... more...

The Manufacture of ''Surveillance by Consent'' part 2 - what happens when the whole state and its every function become one massive security service... more...

International Group condemns Facewatch - ''Facewatch forms part of a ubiquitous surveillance culture that spreads fear and distrust''... more...

Landmark CCTV case in Australia - Mr Bonner's tribunal victory is a timely reminder that a meaningful debate is long over due... more...

The Manufacture of ''Surveillance by Consent'' - a trojan horse has been snuck into every public space in England and Wales... more...

New CCTV Code Consultation - proposed code creates a truly Orwellian definition of 'surveillance by consent'... more...

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Hits Out At ANPR - Should not be used to track the movements of law abiding motorists... more...

Government appoints CCTV yes man ... again - No CCTV warned in 2009 that more regulation is not the answer and we issue that same warning again today... more...

Open letter to UK Surveillance Regulators - A healthy society depends on the law-abiding majority being respected and trusted as they go about their daily lives... more...

Where to mate? 1984 please - Taxi cameras are part of a growing ''just in case'' mentality that treats everyone as suspects... more...

Britain under attack from 'talking' CCTV cameras - which stifle the very civic spirit they ''seek'' to create... more...

Internet Eyes and media politics - ''Let's bury our bad news on a busy news day'' says ICO... more...

Back to the Future - UK CCTV debate stuck in time loop - Imagine if you had a time machine could travel back to the 1990s... more...

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New article - 'NEW UK VEHICLE MASS SURVEILLANCE DATABASE AND 1984 ACTION DAY' - 30th May 2016

New UK number plate mass surveillance database contract awarded to a subsidiary of arms giant (Finmeccanica) involved in fraud prosecution. What could possibly go wrong? If only there was a day of action against such things...

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Article - 'The silent increase in London's mass surveillance network, one year on...' - 27th January 2016

A year ago the police in London were granted shared access to Transport for London's ANPR camera network - an increase in the data collected by the police's network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in the capital by 300%.

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Surveillance Camera Commissioner publishes a load of BS (British Standards) - 1st April 2015

Back in December we suggested that the Surveillance Camera Commissioner was "only interested in standards and accreditation". We based this on the fact that it is a prominent part of the commissioner's remit to provide a list of standards for CCTV. This is defined in step 8 of the Surveillance Camera Code 12-Step Programme, which in turn was given force by the Protection of Freedoms Act.

Last week he dutifully obliged and published a list of standards, here is a quick summary:

BS EN 62676-1-1, BSIEC62676-4, BS EN 62676-1-2, BS8418, BS EN 62676-2-1, BS EN 62676-2-2, BS EN 62676-2-3, IEC62676-3, BS7858, BS7958, BS8418, BS EN 62676-1-1, BS EN 62676-1-2, BS EN 62676-2-1, BSIEC62676-4, BS7499, BS8591, BS8418, BS5979.

Hopefully your freedoms now feel fully protected.

More info can be found on the surveillance camera commissioner's web page at gov.uk


Home CCTV, the data protection "domestic purpose exemption" and the European Court of Justice (ECJ) - 17th Dec 2014

Data Protection specialist Chris Pounder over at AmberHawk has posted up details of the recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision relating to the "domestic purpose" exemption in the Data Protection Act.

This exemption has up until now meant that people installing home cctv cameras do not have to abide by the data protection act. The ECJ ruling seeks to change the rules where home cameras monitor a public space (e.g the street outside a house).

As far as No CCTV is concerned, because regulation relating to cctv cameras is framed from a data protection perspective issues of right and wrong are not likely to feature in the ECJ ruling or any subsequent regulation.

Read more over at the Hawktalk blog:
http://amberhawk.typepad.com/amberhawk/2014/12/what-does-the-ecj-ryne%C5%A1-ruling-mean-for-the-domestic-purpose-exemption.html
 


Surveillance Camera Commissioner publishes damp squib Annual Report - 17th Dec 2014

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner has published his first Annual Report. There is little of interest in the report as the commissioner is only interested in standards and accreditation. It's worth remembering that the commissioner came about as the result of the inappropriately named 'Protection of Freedoms Act', introduced by a government who claimed they would reverse the rise of the surveillance state. As another election looms in the UK it is wise to remember how cheap talk is.

The report can be downloaded from:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/surveillance-camera-commissioner-annual-report-2013-to-2014

For more on the passage of the Protection of Freedoms Act and the warning we gave about the Surveillance Camera Code/Commissioner and the code's concept of "surveillance by consent", see:

 


New 1984 Action Day Promo Video

8th June is International 1984 Action Day - a day of action to mark the date of the publication of George Orwell's novel '1984'. The book was first published in 1949 so this year is Big Brother's 65th birthday. Surely it is time for Big Brother to retire...

http://www.no-cctv.org.uk/caseagainst/videos.asp?v=0


New Article: 'Trust Me I'm A Camera - The 5 Laws of FFUCams' - 2nd May 2014

When it comes to lying, cameras are clearly more trustworthy, reliable and generally better than people. Everyone has known this since the phrase "the camera never lies" was first discovered in 1857...

http://www.no-cctv.org.uk/blog/trust_me_im_a_camera_-_the_5_laws_of_ffucams.htm


New Press Release: 'ICO RULING REPLACES ROYSTON "RING OF STEEL" WITH MASS SURVEILLANCE ROULETTE' - 7th March 2014

After over two and a half years of deliberation, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) ruling on Royston's "ring of steel" has side-stepped the real issues at the heart of the mass surveillance Automatic Numberplate Recognition (ANPR) camera network...

Read the press release:
http://www.no-cctv.org.uk/press/press_release_25.pdf

More analysis to follow shortly.


New Article: 'The Manufacture of "Surveillance by Consent" part 2 - 14th October 2013

New article 'The Manufacture of "Surveillance by Consent" part 2 - Is mass surveillance so bad if you can't see it?'

What happens when the whole state and its every function become one massive security service...
http://www.no-cctv.org.uk/blog/the_manufacture_of_surveillance_by_consent_part_2.htm


No CCTV report "What's Wrong With ANPR?" - 2nd October 2013

No CCTV's new report exposes the dangers of Automatic Number Plater Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

Download the report at: http://www.no-cctv.org.uk/whats_wrong_with_anpr.asp


Business as usual - New Surveillance Camera Code Published - 12th August 2013

The Home Office launched their Surveillance Camera Code of Practice today (12th August). No CCTV has been critical of the concept and execution of this code from the start and particularly the ridiculous concept of "surveillance by consent" (see http://www.no-cctv.org.uk/blog/the_manufacture_of_surveillance_by_consent.htm)

The code is too little too late. Over 20 years ago the government of the day was talking about the need for a CCTV code, and since then the cameras have spread into schools, pubs, taxis, buses, where there are now more cameras than there used to be in town centres. And yet we are hearing the same broken record suggesting that a code will make everything all right.

But there already is a CCTV code - published by the Information Commissioner's Office. This new code is not new, it is just a box ticking exercise, designed to allow surveillance as usual whilst creating an illusion of public consent.

The Home Office minister Lord Taylor last month summed it up when he said the whole focus of the code is "going to be on improving the effectiveness of surveillance". Not restoring lost freedoms - improving the effectiveness of surveillance. Of course this code came about because of the Protection of Freedoms Act but it looks as though it would have been more at home in a Protection of Surveillance Act.

The government is backing away from its promises to restore lost freedoms - throughout the passage of the protection of freedoms act and then the subsequent vote on the code - there was no discussion of freedoms in relation to CCTV. Instead politicians on all sides chose to play a childish game of "who loves CCTV the most". It says something about the surveillance culture in Britain that we are still talking about how many cameras there are or how effective they are. All of the evidence shows they aren't effective - BUT even if they were we should be talking about the loss of freedoms and destruction of trust caused by the levels of blanket surveillance we are being constantly subjected to.

A report 'Fortress Britain' published this year by the New Economics Foundation showed that cameras have a negative impact on communities - increasing fear and lowering trust. The report describes a school in Hertfordshire with 162 cameras, 18 of which are in the toilets. Yet the school says it complies with the guidance it received...

It used to be that in the course of law enforcement, probable cause or reasonable suspicion was required before information could be collected and retained. But with CCTV information is collected with no reasonable suspicion - so information on thousands of innocent people engaged in lawful activities is unnecessarily collected.

Instead of just rushing into installing CCTV much more probing questions need to be asked, questions like:

  • What is the problem to which you think this technology might be the solution?
  • Whose problem is it?
  • What new problems might be created by trying solving the original problem with this technology?
  • What other less intrusive solutions have been considered/tried?
  • How will your success or failure be measured?
  • If the cameras don't help will they be removed?

The new code is a how-to manual - how to create a "compliant surveillance system" by ticking boxes. One such box is about defining a "legitimate aim" for cameras - and it lists the aims where the right to Privacy in the Human Rights Act can be effectively side-stepped. In other words it spells out how to get around the already weak privacy protection the Human Rights Act provides. Like the Regulation Of Investigatory Powers Act, that led to a massive increase in snooping by local councils, this will most likely lead to a further increase in state surveillance.

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