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Public domain - The Guardian

'Anyone arguing that Britain shouldn't repair its railways because a future regime might transport undesirables to death camps by train would be dismissed as a nutter. Yet apparently intelligent people trot out the same argument against proposals to repair the state's outdated data infrastructure.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:26 AM Thu 15 Jan 2004 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
CCTV operators told to destroy unneeded film - The Independent

'The operators of four million closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras were told last night to destroy images of people caught on film as soon as possible.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:24 AM Wed 14 Jan 2004 Categories: CCTV , Surveillance & Security News , The Independent
How average Briton is caught on camera 300 times a day - The Independent

'Keep smiling - by the end of today your image may well have been captured on more than 300 surveillance cameras,mostly without you knowing it.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:21 AM Mon 12 Jan 2004 Categories: CCTV , Surveillance & Security News , The Independent
Big Brother Britain, 2004 - The Independent

'More than four million surveillance cameras monitor our every move, making Britain the most-watched nation in the world, research has revealed.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:15 AM Mon 12 Jan 2004 Categories: CCTV , Privacy , Surveillance & Security News , The Independent
Focus: Scared new world - The Independent

'The security forces are being given dramatic new powers to fight terrorism, as predicted by 'The Independent on Sunday'. The Government is testing biometric ID cards and building a huge database that will reveal our lives at the touch of a button. Cole Moreton looks into the future and finds it's already here' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:11 AM Sun 11 Jan 2004 Categories: Biometrics , Human Rights , ID Cards , Privacy , Surveillance & Security News , The Independent
BCS sounds ID warning - KableNET

'The British Computer Society (BCS) has called for the Government to pay more attention to the costs and practicalities of its proposal to implement identity cards.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:07 AM Thu 8 Jan 2004 Categories: ID Cards , KableNET , Surveillance & Security News
Year of living dangerously - The Guardian

'With time running out to the next election, the government will make some heavy demands on IT during 2004...

Work to underpin the identity card's technology begins this month when the UK Passport Service will invite 10,000 volunteers to receive cards bearing electronically encoded biometric information. The trial will test iris scans, fingerprints and electronic facial recognition.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:04 AM Thu 8 Jan 2004 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
Government backs down on terror bill - The Guardian

'Warnings that government plans for dealing with major terrorist attacks could threaten civil liberties have led to several amendments to a new bill, it emerged today.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:57 PM Wed 7 Jan 2004 Categories: Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
Plan for personal identity numbers - The Guardian

'Plans to allocate a unique identity number to every UK resident were announced by ministers yesterday as part of a 240m scheme to compile an authoritative population register for use by government departments and agencies.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:46 PM Wed 7 Jan 2004 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
Whitehall database will track 50m lives - The Guardian

'A huge new database is being created in Whitehall, giving officials unprecedented knowledge of the daily lives of all UK residents who have ever paid tax or national insurance or received social security.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:36 PM Mon 22 Dec 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
Police call for remote button to stop cars - The Observer

'After speed cameras, road humps and mobile phone bans, there could be more bad news for Britain's motorists. Police are urging Ministers to give them the power to stop vehicles by remote control.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:38 PM Sun 21 Dec 2003 Categories: Surveillance & Security News , The Observer
Criminal records - The Observer

'The ability of the state to acquire knowledge dwarfs that of the individual. It seems to have every advantage. It can monitor emails, track movements through mobile-phone and credit-card records, receive the names of men who have logged on to paedophile websites, collect footage from CCTV cameras, cross-refer information in scattered data bases, tap phones and open letters. It ought to be feared and respected. But the state's apparent power is also a curse which accelerates the decline in deference to authority.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:11 PM Sun 21 Dec 2003 Categories: Privacy , Surveillance & Security News , The Observer
Big Brother latest: Now your phone can be used to track you down - The Observer

'Global positioning satellites will soon be able to tell bosses exactly where every employee is. Could this spell the end for slackers?' link

Posted by SteveC at 10:42 PM Sun 7 Dec 2003 Categories: Privacy , Surveillance & Security News , The Observer
Helmet camera could become the long eye of the law - The Independent

'A hi-tech police helmet with a spy camera concealed in the badge is being developed to help officers film suspected criminals.' link

Posted by SteveC at 10:40 PM Sat 6 Dec 2003 Categories: Data retention , Privacy , Surveillance & Security News , The Independent
Prepare to be scanned - Economist.com

'Biometrics: High-tech security systems that rely on detailed measurements of the human body, known as biometrics, are taking off. But should they be?' link

Posted by SteveC at 10:48 PM Thu 4 Dec 2003 Categories: Biometrics , Economist.com , Surveillance & Security News
Image problem - The Guardian

'David Blunkett's plan for a national ID card has sparked a furious row. But will it work? And how? SA Mathieson investigates' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:31 PM Thu 20 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian
FIPR calls for "spychip" moratorium - FIPR releases

FIPR and over 30 other European and US consumer, privacy, and civil liberties organizations have endorsed a position statement on the deployment and uses of RFID tags. These tiny adevices can be embedded in all kinds of consumer products and scanned from 5-10 feet away, revealing information about the product and potentially other information about the product owner. We are calling for a voluntary moratorium on RFID tagging of consumer items until a formal technology assessment process involving all stakeholders, including consumers, can take place.

Posted by SteveC at 03:46 PM Thu 20 Nov 2003 Categories: FIPR releases , Front Page News , Surveillance & Security News
Support for national ID cards falls sharply - The Independent

'Public support for national identity cards has dropped sharply in the past two years, despite the enthusiastic support of David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, for their introduction.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:04 PM Wed 19 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Independent
Blunkett in threat to quit on ID cards - The Times

'DAVID BLUNKETT was poised to resign from the cabinet if he had not got his way over identity cards, it has emerged.' link

Posted by SteveC at 10:23 AM Sun 16 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Times
ID cards may cut queues but learn lessons of history, warn Europeans - The Guardian

'The words "papers please" have terrible echoes of Europe's most repressive history. The rounding up of Jews, the oppression of migrant workers, and the removal of political undesirables have all been made easier by efficient identity controls.' link

Posted by SteveC at 10:53 AM Sat 15 Nov 2003 Categories: ID Cards , Surveillance & Security News , The Guardian