Face scanners to be introduced in British schools in new 'Big Brother' row

'If children get used to presenting fingerprints or looking into something, they will do it for trivial situations, and all these things help a Big Brother state and could lead to all databases about you being tied into one place.'


Big Brother database a 'terrifying' assault on traditional freedoms

Sweeping new powers allowing personal information about every citizen to be handed over to government agencies faced condemnation yesterday amid warnings that Britain is experiencing the greatest threats to civil rights for decades.


Don’t sleepwalk into Big Brother surveillance, schools warned

Schools which employ biometric technologies such as fingerprint patterning to manage libraries or dinner queues should put surveillance and privacy issues on the curriculum, according to university experts.


yep, I'm sure the curriculum won't be at all biased..

UK: CCTV cameras used to provide 'evidence' against diners who complained

It is a jewel in the National Trust's crown, a restaurant that offers fine dining and some of the best Rothschild wines amid the splendour of a 19th century stately home. But when the Fletcher family went for a pre-Christmas treat at the Manor Restaurant in Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, they were disappointed with their meal. Marilyn Fletcher, 57, sent a letter complaining of slow service and poor food, in a lunch which cost £127 for four. But she was left astonished by the restaurant's response. Simon Offen, the catering manager, emailed her to say he disputed her version of events after he had "watched and listened with interest to the video recording of her table".

Guilt Upon Accusation and the End of the Internet in New Zealand

The proposed Section 92 of the Copyright Amendment Act assumes Guilt Upon Accusation and forces the termination of internet connections and websites without evidence, without a fair trial, and without punishment for any false accusations of copyright infringement. We should speak out against injustices like Guilt Upon Accusation being done in the name of artists and protecting creativity.


2009: The Year of the Thought Criminal

Give those in power an inch, and they'll take a mile

Barely a week in, 2009 is shaping up to be an interesting – if somewhat depressing – year for opponents of internet censorship and overpowered copyright enforcement.


Face scanners to be installed in schools (UK)

Some schools have brought in fingerprint and eye scanners, while others are planning to put radio transponder chips in pupils' uniforms to keep tabs on them.

But there are fears the technology breaches children's civil liberties...


Surveillance Of Groups More Widespread Than Originally Believed

The Maryland State Police surveillance of advocacy groups was far more extensive than previously acknowledged, with records showing that troopers monitored -- and labeled as terrorists -- activists devoted to such wide-ranging causes as promoting human rights and establishing bike lanes.

New Threats to Online Security

Richard Waters
Internet security has deteriorated markedly this year as a new generation of invasive computer attacks, often masterminded by criminal gangs, has reached a heightened level of sophistication, according to the latest studies of online threats.

“It’s getting worse year after year,” warned Pat Peterson, chief security researcher at Cisco Systems, who blamed the deterioration on the fact that computer “hacking” is quickly turning into big business. “Capitalism is working against us,” he said.

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