WPP and an Internet Bill Of Rights
- call on your MP to sign Robert Halfon MP's EDM
Big Brother Watch supporter Robert Halfon MP has this week tabled an Early Day Motion - a parliamentary procedure through which MPs can draw attention to a particular issue - regarding the WPP Group and their boast of having built up a database containing information on "almost 100%" of the public. For more information, click here.
The Early Day Motion reads as follows:
"That this House is deeply concerned that privacy is gradually being eroded by private companies using the internet to obtain personal data and selling it for commercial gain; notes that the latest problem is with WPP Group plc, the advertising firm, which claims to have built up individual profiles for half a billion internet users across the world, including allegedly almost 100 per cent. of British people; further notes that secret monitoring of internet users is already a huge issue, with data scraping and cookies monitoring people without their consent; believes an internet bill of rights is needed to guard against the growing infringement of civil liberties that are not covered by existing legislation; and further believes that the Information Commissioner lacks the powers necessary to protect personal data and has done precious little to protect our privacy in recent tests such as the Google Street View project."
While Early Day Motions carry no legislative weight, we would urge you to contact your Member of Parliament asking them to sign this declaration in order to heighten awareness of this issue.
You can contact your MP directly by visiting www.writetothem.com.
Daniel Hamilton on the Giles Dilnot Show on BBC Radio 5 Live discussing the legality of swearing in public places
Daniel Hamilton on BBC Radio Tees discussing the introduction of the new national Police database.
Daniel Hamilton, a director of Big Brother Watch, said: “We have managed to have elections in this country without surrendering this sort of information for hundreds of years.
“Creating a database of National Insurance numbers has obvious risks for our privacy and identity security.
"Electoral fraud is a minor problems in the UK, and is driven mostly by postal voting. If you have to hand over this kind of information to vote some people might say 'forget it then'.”
Daily Express - Now smoking will be banned in the streets
But Daniel Hamilton, director of Big Brother Watch, said: “It looks like the nanny state is manifesting in Milton Keynes.
“For a town council to be doing this is appalling, they are there to deal with potholes and parks.”
Press Association - NHS record 'culture change' urged
Daniel Hamilton, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, added:
"The NHS needs to drastically tighten up its data security procedures and reduce the number of people with access to medical records to prevent the high rate of data loss currently recorded.
"The Government needs urgently to address the dire state of security around our medical records before it fully rolls out the Summary Care Record, granting access to hundreds of thousands of additional NHS staff across England."
Daniel Hamilton of Big Brother Watch said: 'While suspects who have not been convicted of a crime must have their identities protected, this woman waived her right to anonymity when she chose to carry out almost 230 criminal offences.
'Communities have a right to know the identities of those terrorising them. The Police are wrong to hide behind this veil of anonymity.'
Computing Magazine - Home Office will not back down on DNA database
The exchanges followed a warning from Big Brother Watch over the launch of a new Police National Database linking intelligence and criminal records information.
BBW director Daniel Hamilton claimed it would hold information on up to 15 million people, six million of whom had no convictions, and warned it contained information about victims, insisting: "Ordinary members of the public should not have their personal details logged in this way… The risk of this data falling into the hands of criminals is too horrifying to comprehend."
Kent and Sussex Courier - Council's all set for data sell-off; Privacy fears sparked by public details cash-in plan [not available online]
Daniel Hamilton, director of privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: "I think it is scandalous they are seeking to generate money from it and refusing to come clean about what information they have.
"This information belongs to the residents of Tunbridge Wells, not the council seeking to generate income. They should tell them exactly what they are selling and make a solid case for it."
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Under the previous government, legislation designed to combat terrorism and serious crime was utilised by local councils to spy on residents for trivial matters such as school catchment areas and putting rubbish bins out too early. In their coalition agreement, the two parties in power promised to roll back the unnecessary, intrusive use of these powers, but unfortunately the reality has been very different.
The British Medical Association has called for even more draconian measures to restrict the freedoms of the general populace. At their annual conference, the union suggested a wide range of additional ways to stop people from living their lives how they wish to.
Firstly, they recommended the previously floated idea of a ban on smoking in cars. The justification for this is a piece of dubious research claiming toxicity from smoking in cars is 27 times higher than it is in a home. Research on smoking from self interested groups such as ASH has often been disingenuous, however it is a misleading statistic in any case as houses are far larger and more open than the inside of a car. People should have the freedom to smoke in their own vehicle as long as cigarettes are legal.
Chris Pounder has written an article debunking the claims of the Labour Party that the DNA profiles of innocent people who have never been convicted of an offence should be held indefinitely. Alan Johnson, then Home Secretary, used case studies as examples for why this retention was necessary, however in all three the retention of DNA would not have helped or harmed the investigations
Big Brother Watch has long campaigned against the overly intrusive methods used by airport security staff. There are numerous examples of such intrusions, from the forced use of body scanners in British and American airports to the intimidating pat-downs many young children have been forced to endure.
We have yet, however, to hear of a case as shocking as that of a wheelchair-bound 95 year old woman who was forced to remove her wet adult nappy in order to allow US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inspectors to pat her down before a flight.
In a victory for transparency local authorities in Britain will be forced to reveal figures about speed cameras in their areas. The figures will show how many fines each camera has given out along with the total amount of revenue accumulated from fines. By July 20th, they must release information on the number of accidents and casualties at camera sites, both before and after the installation of CCTV