Why you should get your face painted if you're marching against Trump

This Friday thousands of people will march in the ‘carnival of resistance’. And in the spirit of the day, Liberty will be staging its own act of resistance – painting faces to throw off intimidating, intrusive and discriminatory facial recognition cameras.

Police forces across the country have been rolling out facial recognition surveillance technology on our streets, and protest groups have told us it could put them off exercising their right to protest in the future.

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“Not a fool-proof system”: Facial recognition in action

As the afternoon sun beat down on East London on Thursday, the people of Stratford were being watched. 

Two CCTV cameras had been placed on the bridge linking the train station to Westfield Shopping Centre. But these cameras were a little different. They were loaded with facial recognition technology to identify members of the public.

This was the latest Metropolitan Police deployment of privacy-abusing automated facial recognition tech on the capital’s streets. Liberty was invited to observe. We were not impressed.

Computers making decisions

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Cardiff resident launches first UK legal challenge to police use of facial recognition technology in public spaces

13 June 2018

A Cardiff resident has today launched the first legal challenge to a UK police force’s use of automated facial recognition (AFR) technology. He believes he was scanned by South Wales Police at a peaceful anti-arms protest and while doing his Christmas shopping.

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People vs Snoopers’ Charter: High Court to hear first part of Liberty’s landmark challenge to mass surveillance powers in the Investigatory Powers Act

26 February 2018

The High Court will tomorrow hear the first part of Liberty’s landmark legal challenge to the Government’s flagship surveillance law, the Investigatory Powers Act.

The challenge has been funded by donations from members of the public, who gave more than £50,000.

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Government concedes need for Snoopers’ Charter to protect rights in response to Tom Watson’s landmark legal challenge – but must go further

30 November 2017

  • Amber Rudd has today proposed changes to the new Investigatory Powers Act in response to successful legal claim brought by Tom Watson MP
  • But Government proposals only partially comply with landmark judgment

Tom Watson MP said:

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Liberty gets go-ahead to challenge Snoopers’ Charter in the High Court

30 June 2017

The High Court has granted Liberty permission to challenge part of the Government’s extreme mass surveillance regime with a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act.

Liberty is challenging the mass collection of everybody’s communications data and internet history, which it believes breaches British people’s rights.

The Act forces communications companies and service providers to retain and hand over logs of everybody’s emails, phone calls, texts and entire web browsing history to state agencies to store, data-mine and profile at will.

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Queen's Speech: If we are complacent, this Government will come for our rights and freedoms

After a tumultuous post-election period, yesterday’s Queen’s Speech promised to be a must-watch – but it won’t be getting rave reviews.

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A free press is the beating heart of our democracy – don't let the Government stifle it

Yesterday Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published its annual World Press Freedom Index.

It made for grim reading. The UK is down two more places in the rankings, having slipped 12 over the past five years.

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Government IS breaking the law by collecting everyone's internet and call data and accessing it with no independent sign-off and no suspicion of serious crime

21 December 2016

  • In first major post-Brexit judgment involving the UK, Court of Justice of the EU backs Tom Watson MP, represented by Liberty, in landmark challenge to Government surveillance
  • Ruling effectively means significant parts of the new Investigatory Powers Act are unlawful and must be urgently changed
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The Snoopers' Charter has almost passed - but this isn't the end of the road

Today, MPs have a final chance to voice their opposition to the Investigatory Powers Bill – or Snoopers’ Charter.

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