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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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Is it a camera or is it a light - Brighton
camera disguised as a light
Brighton - the camera on the left, next to a light, is disguised as another light.
 
How many people passing by this camera will know that they are under surveillance? Normal street cameras should not bee hidden. If they are they constitute covert surveiillance and require authorisation under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).

As cameras become smaller and more hidden will notices make it clear where cameras are?

North Wales' finest in action
police van parked illegally
North Wales police 'Arrive Alive' van parked illegaly in Bodelwyddan, North Wales.
 
One would think that taking pictures of speeding motorists from a vehicle parked illegally, and dangerously on a corner, would be illegal in itself.

Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham

The Hare and Hounds is the latest in an ever growing number of pubs around the UK that is displaying a CCTV sign that tells customers that sound is being recorded. The pub like many others says they are not recording sound - so why do they have a sign that says they do?
 
The local pub used to be somewhere to you get away from the world and enjoy a drink and a chat with your friends. Now it is a place to be ID-ed, monitored, watched and warned!

2009 - White Hart, Headington, Oxford

Another pub that says sound is being recorded. The landlord was a very friendly chap who told us that no sound is being recorded and that the sign was supplied by the company that installed the cameras and he hadn't noticed that it was wrong and he said he'd sort it out.
 
Why are these signs being put up in pubs?

2008 Regal, Oxford - UPDATE 3
After the Cowley Road Carnival in July, No CCTV supporters visited the Regal only to find that not only had the Regal not changed their CCTV signs, they had actually added several more that also say they are recording sound as well as images.

Regal, Oxford - UPDATE 2
The Oxford Times reports that the Regal has "47 security cameras inside and out"! The club has been praised fot its tough anti-drugs stance by papers in the Newsquest group. The reactionary press seem to think that searching EVERYONE before they enter the club and subjecting them to extreme levels of surveillance is a good thing. Seems to us like guilty until proven innocent.

UPDATE - Regal, Oxford
The management of the Regal in Oxford have assured us that their cctv system does not and never has recorded sound. Apparently the notices they purchased were the wrong ones. We understand that the signs in the venue have now been changed to reflect the system they actually have which they assure us is in line with the Information Commissioners Office's recently released CCTV code of practice.


The code states: "CCTV must not be used to record conversations between members of the public as this is highly intrusive and unlikely to be justified. You should choose a system without this facility if possible. If your system comes equipped with a sound recording facility then you should turn this off or disable it in some other way."


Big Brother in George Orwell Square, Barcelona
The Catalonian authorities clearly haven't read 1984. Or have they? For further discussion see our Spring 2008 newsletter in the newsletters section.



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