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Campaign urges activists to keep personal details off police database

Netpol have today launched a campaign to limit the gathering of data by the police on political protest. The campaign, don’t be on a database, gives good reasons why protesters should assert their legal rights to keep their personal details ...

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Internet companies building massive civilian database

Mel Kelly, Open Democracy | Commercial companies are covertly using wi-fi scanning equipment to collate large databases of what in offline contexts is considered private information. With details about the sharing of this data so unclear, the government should consider an immediate ...

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UK coalition to halt computer surveillance

The UK will reverse and restrain many of the surveillance systems that have marked its citizens out as the most watched in the world. The agreement on which the UK has formed its first coalition government since the Second World ...

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Innocent man’s fury after police took fingerprint and DNA samples

AN ex-soldier who has served in Northern Ireland and guarded the royal family is calling for a police investigation into why he had his fingerprints and DNA sampled after he became the victim of an alleged attack. The 55-year-old from ...

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IBM to build UK fingerprints database

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has contracted IBM to build a database to support the Government’s switch to biometric passports.IBM will also provide a replacement for the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) Immigration and Asylum Fingerprint System (IAFS) which holds ...

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The great big DNA database fishing expedition

In London the Met police have been rounding up and arresting children as young as ten who have committed no crime, for the purpose of getting their DNA on record. A FOI request has revealed that in 2008, police in ...

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Government may renew data sharing plans

Speaking at a conference in London organised by the Information Commissioner’s Office, he emphasised the need for a new consultation on the appropriate limits of data sharing. This follows the government’s retreat from its plans, contained in clause 152 of ...

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Paying billions for our database state

It is cost rather than privacy concerns that will save us from Labour’s megalomaniac surveillance schemes – a point underlined this morning when David Cameron was interviewed on the Today programme. With the vast choice of public expenditure open to ...

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DNA database grows by 38 per cent in two years

By Tom Young | Some 1.4 million new profiles have been added to the DNA database in the past two years – a rise of 38 per cent – according to figures released by the Home Office. In February 2007 the ...

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The database state we’re in

The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust has published a major report on the UK’s Database State. Technology is transforming government, and there is an urgent need to control and understand it.  One of the most irritating tropes of New Labour is ...

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