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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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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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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‘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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Thirty cross-party MEPs urge David Davis to keep Charter of Fundamental Rights

16 January 2018

Thirty cross-party Members of the European Parliament have signed an open letter to David Davis, warning that scrapping the Charter of Fundamental Rights could endanger the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The letter stresses that MEPs will be closely involved in discussions over the future relationship between the UK and the EU, and that they will push to ensure that any future agreement protects human rights as set out in the Charter. This will also be taken into consideration when MEPs come to vote on the final withdrawal agreement.

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Liberty’s vital Advice and Information service receives huge boost thanks to People’s Postcode Lottery players

11 January 2018

Liberty’s vital Advice and Information service – which helps thousands of people across Britain every year – is to receive a huge boost thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The £250,000 award will allow Liberty to provide free support and guidance to tens of thousands of people who have nowhere else to turn, helping them seek justice and stand up for their own rights and those of their friends and families.

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Brexit: ‘Henry VIII eats Parliament’ stunt to highlight concern over loss of rights

11 December 2017

Liberty and Amnesty International are staging a ‘Henry VIII eats Parliament’ stunt in Westminster on Monday to highlight human rights campaigners’ concerns with how the Government is treating people’s rights in the EU Withdrawal Bill.

The stunt will see a fully-costumed Henry VIII impersonator being served and partially consuming a giant Houses of Parliament cake.

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Victory is in sight in the battle to protect our rights after Brexit

Our analysis of the Government's near-defeat on rights at last night's debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

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