Is it surveillance we most have to fear?

Mass surveillance has been everybody’s idea of dystopia for a long time, at least since Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four.

Mike Nellis
29 June 2020

Joint statement on police and private company use of facial recognition in the UK

Last week, Big Brother Watch issued a Joint statement on police and private company use of facial recognition surveillance in the UK. The document called for the immediate halt of both police and private company use of facial recognition surveillance.

The Centre is one of the signatories, alongisde other rights, race equality and technology organisations, technology academics and experts, barristers and MPs. 

Read the statement and full list of signatories...

23 September 2019

Facial recognition software, more accurate, but fair?

The report from the Universities’ Police Science Institute provides welcome evaluation of the South Wales Police’s use of live facial recognition technology. Until today, the police were using...

Joe Purshouse
28 November 2018

Christopher Alder: 20 years on

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the unlawful killing of Christopher Alder in a police station in Hull. 

His sister, Janet Alder, has spent the subsequent years campaigning to bring the circumstances of his death to light. She has, as a consequence, been the victim of police surveillance by Humberside police. It was only officially confirmed to Janet that she had been under surveillance after the...

20 March 2018