Tag Archives: Security

Is this the future of civil liberties?

We’re not big fans of full body scanners ~ those funny machines that reveal your naked body to security personnel, could give you cancer, and don’t seem to do what they’re supposed to do. They’re not such a big problem … Continue reading

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New ‘Smart’ CCTV records the erosion of civil liberties in even greater clarity and detail

The aftermath of recent riots in the UK has led, amongst other consequences, to a push in some quarters for greater usage of CCTV. The rationale for this approach seems to be that, if the UK’s enormous preponderance of CCTV … Continue reading

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Internet privacy: who’s reading your emails?

We’ve become used to thinking of the internet as a space in which new norms of relationship — norms that make more sense than the kind of authoritarianism we’re used to from governments — apply. Norms such as reciprocity, egalitarianism, … Continue reading

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People power vs CCTV: first Stoke, then the world

We spend a lot of time criticising governments and institutions for their shoddy and dangerous handling of sensitive privacy and civil liberties concerns. Rightly so, we believe — it’s imperative that powerful figures are held to account. We also believe … Continue reading

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CCTV: the new frontier of parking enforcement

If you’re concerned for the protection of your civil liberties, you probably have doubts about CCTV on a blanket basis. You may be unconvinced by the argument that CCTV prevents or helps to detect crime, and view it more as … Continue reading

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Full body scanner leak confirms privacy concerns

One tactic the TSA use to reassure us, the public, that full body scanners are safe is to claim that the images are deleted immediately after scanning, and therefore immune to abuse. This story from Gizmodo gives the lie to … Continue reading

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