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Know your rights: police stop and scan technology

Last month, the Home Office announced that West Yorkshire Police will roll out an expanded scheme of on-the-spot fingerprint scanning. Officers armed with portable scanners will be able to check people’s fingerprints – on the street – against both criminal databases and error-strewn Home Office lists of asylum seekers.

When can an officer stop and scan you?

Police can use fingerprint scanners in very limited circumstances. They must:

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International Women's Day: 8 actions for 8 March

As we celebrate International Women's Day, Liberty's Director Martha Spurrier sets out eight actions you can take today to stand up for women's rights and support the women in your life.

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The Government's latest immigration statistics make the senseless cruelty of our detention system painfully clear

Look closer at the Home Office's quarterly immigration statistics and the senseless cruelty of our immigration detention system becomes painfully clear. 

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Theresa May can't have EU security cooperation unless she brings home our rights protections too

In an attempt to put some “meat on the bones” of her vision for post-Brexit Britain, the Prime Minister used a speech in Munich today to set out how the UK and EU could continue to cooperate in the fight against crime and terrorism.

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Why it's not okay for police to quietly roll out on-the-spot fingerprint scanning

The Home Office has announced that West Yorkshire Police will roll out a scheme of on-the-spot fingerprint scanning – without any public or parliamentary debate. 

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The Government is contemplating destroying patient confidentiality in the name of border control

A year ago, a Freedom of Information request by the BBC exposed a secret agreement between the Home Office, the Department of Health and NHS Digital. It revealed that NHS Digital was sharing confidential patient information collected by frontline services with the Home Office on an industrial scale to help it locate and deport undocumented people.

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‘It's like hell in here’: detainees challenge inhumane conditions in Brook House detention centre

Patrick Page from Duncan Lewis solicitors blogs for Liberty on their legal challenge to the conditions in immigration detention – which reaches the High Court next week.

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Two decades after Sean Benton died, let's hope 2018 brings the answers his family deserve

For Sean’s family, for those who served at Deepcut barracks, for everyone who wants people who fight for their country to be treated with the respect they deserve, we hope the new Coroner can finally uncover the truth about what happened to Sean Benton.

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New Year, New Challenges, Same Liberty

And just like that, it’s over. The years seem to disappear quicker than Cabinet ministers these days.

As another tally mark is added to Liberty's history, we’re older and wiser for it. That's 84 now – but we're as sprightly as ever.

There were attacks on rights and freedoms from many quarters in 2017, but it saw Liberty and all of our members and supporters do what we’re here to do – stand up to power, stand up for our rights and challenge intolerance, injustice and abuse of power wherever we find it.

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Retired Brigadier: In the UK we believe in the rule of law, not vigilante justice

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said British people fighting with Daesh in the Middle East should be hunted down and killed to prevent them from returning to the UK. Retired Brigadier and the Army's former Director of Personal Services, John Donnelly, explains why such a proposal could radicalise others, rather than keep us safe.

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