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Police face 13 hours of form-filling just to keep watch on a known burglar

Source: Daily Mail

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Police officers have to spend up to 13 hours filling in forms if they want to follow a serial burglar.

The Tories revealed the astonishing figure as they announced plans to slash the red tape governing routine surveillance operations.

Other examples include a 17-page authorisation form to re-position a public CCTV camera to cover a row of shops where yobs have smashed windows.

Officers also face a maze of red tape for a task as simple as walking past the home of a suspected drug dealer to check for expensive cars.

Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve said: ‘It is not right that we charge our police with combating crime and disorder and then tie their hands behind their backs in the name of Whitehall bureaucracy. ‘

The red tape stems from the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, introduced by Labour in 2000.

It was supposed to protect citizens from excessive snooping by public bodies, which have to seek permission for surveillance operations from a commissioner.

But it has inadvertently dragged in routine police work aimed at preventing serial crimes.

Doesn’t seem stop the Gestapo Councils though. I guess anything that prevents the police from doing their job (and keep crime rates up) is good for the socialists in power (it enables them to fraudulently justify their communist engineering of British society).
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‘Fakeproof’ e-passport is cloned (and used) in minutes

Nice to know all those billions of pounds of our money wasn’t wasted. Nice to know you can trust the State with your data. Nice to know you are living in a free society where Government does the bidding of the People, like the civil servants they are.

Source: Times Online

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New microchipped passports designed to be foolproof against identity theft can be cloned and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine by the computer software recommended for use at international airports.

Tests for The Times exposed security flaws in the microchips introduced to protect against terrorism and organised crime. The flaws also undermine claims that 3,000 blank passports stolen last week were worthless because they could not be forged.

In the tests, a computer researcher cloned the chips on two British passports and implanted digital images of Osama bin Laden and a suicide bomber. The altered chips were then passed as genuine by passport reader software used by the UN agency that sets standards for e-passports.

The Home Office has always argued that faked chips would be spotted at border checkpoints because they would not match key codes when checked against an international data-base. But only ten of the forty-five countries with e-passports have signed up to the Public Key Directory (PKD) code system, and only five are using it. Britain is a member but will not use the directory before next year. Even then, the system will be fully secure only if every e-passport country has joined.

Britain introduced e-passports in March 2006. In the wake of the September 11 attacks, the United States demanded that other countries adopt biometric passports. Many of the 9/11 bombers had travelled on fake passports. Continue reading



Unmanned drone planes set to spy on Britons

You just keep telling yourself it’s for your safety and that you’re still free.

Source: Daily Mail

Unmanned spy planes could soon be used to carry out covert surveillance on UK citizens, under controversial new Government plans.

The MoD is working with defence firm BAE Systems to make so-called UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) safe enough to be used to help police operations in the UK.

The sophisticated unmanned aircraft are able to get clear images of the ground even when flying at up to 50, 000 feet.

However, even though they are widely used by British troops in warzones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, until now they have not been cleared for use in civilian airspace.

The plan to use UAVs in Britain has worried civil liberties groups who say that they could be used to spy on innocent civilians.

Gareth Crossman, director of policy at the civil rights watchdog Liberty, told The Independent: ‘The question is not so much about the technology but what one does with it.

‘We have quite definite laws about where CCTV can be used but of course with UAVs you have much greater ability to gather material in private spaces and this would lead to concern.’

He added: ‘If they are used to simply hover to gain random information then that would obviously be a matter of worry and a civil liberty issue.’

If approved, UAVs could be for disaster relief, crowd control and anti-terror surveillance maritime searches as well as supporting Coastguard, police, fire and intelligence services, the committee heard.

The MPs’ report says the MoD is ‘closely involved with the development of procedures and regulations which allow UAVs to operate in national and Nato airspace. Continue reading



Britons’ movements secretly tracked by covert scanners

Source: Daily Mail

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Thousands of Britons’ movements have been covertly tracked by scanners placed in streets, pubs and offices for a technology experiment.

The Cityware project run by the University of Bath has secretly placed scanners around the Somerset city, with the first 10 installed 2006. The scanners pick up bluetooth radio signals transmitted from mobile phones and laptops.

In a scene reminiscent of the Will Smith thriller Enemy of the State, it has allowed researchers to map the journeys of individuals without their knowledge or consent.

The data is being used in a project called ‘Radio City’ to survey the ‘mobile computing landscape’. The researchers hope it will help them understand how and why people move around urban environments.

As many as 3,000 Bluetooth devices are tracked every weekend and one recent study monitored the movements of 10,000 people around Bath.

On the Cityware website, the researchers said the survey would cover ‘all phenomena associated with the carrying and use of mobile devices.’

This includes where and why users make mobile phone calls and even how people orientate their laptops in cafes.

The leaders of the £1.6million initiative claim their study looks at the city as a whole and the scanners do not have access to the identities of those they track.

‘The notion that an agency would serious consider Bluetooth scanning as a surveillance technique is ludicrous,’ Cityware director Eamonn O’Neill told The Guardian. Continue reading