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  • In defence of Big Brother: I want more snooping, not less (U.K.)

    04/05/2012 11:54:35 AM PDT · by Stoat · 14 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 5, 2012 | Dan Hodges
     I want to live in a surveillance state. Big Brother, come cast your watchful eye over me and mine. I love you, bro. Seriously, when I saw the outcry over Government plans to gain access to telephone, email and internet, my initial reaction was: “You mean they can’t do that already?” I assumed, somewhat stupidly, that everything we said, typed or viewed was routinely monitored, and then filtered by some giant, super-secret computer tucked away in a heavily guarded subterranean basement of GCHQ: “Hodges has just said he wants to shoot another Liverpool player, sir.” “Oh, he’s always saying that, Jones....
  • UK: Police crack down on mobility scooter mayhem: drunk & drugged pensioners 8 mph menace to society

    08/12/2010 2:46:18 PM PDT · by Stoat · 17 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 12, 2010 | REBECCA CAMBER
    A police force facing savage budget cuts has announced a crackdown on the menace of the mobility scooter driver. Officers have launched a course to combat the scourge of the lawless silver-haired scooter rider as the number of accidents on the roads rise. They may not be joyriding teenagers any more, but officers say pensioners on mobility scooters can be just as dangerous with many being caught drunk or high on prescription drugs behind the wheel.   (edit)   He said: 'People can just buy a mobility scooter, sometimes off the internet or somewhere else, and literally just get...
  • UK: Speed camera switch-off sees fewer accidents

    08/07/2010 10:19:21 PM PDT · by Stoat · 9 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 7, 2010 | David Barrett
    Fewer people have been killed and injured on roads following a decision by a local council to switch off its speed cameras. Accident data shows that in the first nine months after the devices were scrapped in Swindon, there were 315 road casualties in the area as a whole, compared with 327 in the same period the previous year. In total there were two fatalities – compared with four in the same period previously – and 44 serious injuries, down from 48. The figures were seized on by campaigners who claim speed cameras do little to combat problem driving...
  • UK: The great switch off: 1000's of speed cameras to be scrapped

    08/01/2010 7:24:39 PM PDT · by Stoat · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 1, 2010
    Britain’s network of 6,000 speed cameras could be dramatically reduced after a raft of councils looked set to follow Oxfordshire’s move and switch theirs off. The county’s entire network of 72 cameras will be switched off at midnight tonight after the coalition Government pulled the plug on their funding. The change of heart could usher in a different landscape for Britain’s 33million motorists two decades after the first network was installed. Already, neighbouring Buckinghamshire said it is ‘very likely’ to switch off its cameras, while Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Derbyshire have launched reviews. (edit)  The moves, however, could be just the...
  • UK: Pupils aged 5 on hate register: Teachers must log playground taunts for Government database

    03/04/2010 12:35:37 AM PST · by Stoat · 33 replies · 978+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 4, 2010 | RYAN KISIEL and STEVE DOUGHTY
    Heads will be forced to list children as young as five on school 'hate registers' over everyday playground insults.  Even minor incidents must be recorded as examples of serious bullying and details kept on a database until the pupil leaves secondary school.  Teachers are to be told that even if a primary school child uses homophobic or racist words without knowing their meaning, simply teaching them such words are hurtful and inappropriate is not enough.  Instead the incident has to be recorded and his or her behaviour monitored for future signs of 'hate' bullying.  The accusations will also be...
  • Military-style spy planes 'to be used to target civilians in the UK'

    01/23/2010 10:39:23 AM PST · by Stoat · 36 replies · 1,356+ views
    Unmanned drones similar to those used in Afghanistan are set to be used in Britain to spy on drivers, campaigners, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, it was revealed today.A group of government agencies led by Kent Police has commissioned arms manufacturer BAE systems to adapt military-style planes for civilian use.The consortium aims to have the drones operating in British skies in time for the 2012 Olympics. The revelations are likely to prompt 'Big Brother' accusations from civil libertarians.   CCTV in the sky: Unmanned drones, similar to this Force Protection Airborne Surveillance plane, are set to be used in the UK...
  • Meet the pensioner who hasn't had a TV since 1978 - why are the licence police are STILL after her?

    01/19/2009 1:21:51 AM PST · by Stoat · 83 replies · 2,891+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 19, 2009 | Claire Ellicott
    The television licence enforcers were nothing if not persistent. For five years they pursued 69-year-old Hannah Patricia Humphris with a succession of intimidating missives demanding she buy a licence.   The pursuit culminated with a letter this month threatening her with prosecution and a possible £1,000 fine.  But the TV licensing police had overlooked one crucial fact: Miss Humphris hasn't owned a television since 1978.    Hannah Patricia Humphris doesn't own a television, but is still being pursued by the TV Licencing AuthorityShe got rid of her set that year because it wasn't working properly and, she said, there...
  • Great Britain: Police set to step up hacking of home PCs

    01/05/2009 7:31:35 AM PST · by Stoat · 19 replies · 1,050+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | January 4, 2009 | Dave Leppard
    THE Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant. The move, which follows a decision by the European Union’s council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives “a coach and horses” through privacy laws. The hacking is known as “remote searching”. It allows police or MI5 officers who may be hundreds of miles away to examine covertly the hard drive of someone’s PC at his home,...
  • Minority Report-style CCTV that spots crimes BEFORE they happen

    11/27/2008 5:32:11 PM PST · by Stoat · 13 replies · 639+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | November 28, 2008 | James Slack
    CCTV cameras which can 'predict' if a crime is about to take place are being introduced on Britain's streets. The cameras can alert operators to suspicious behaviour, such as loitering and unusually slow walking. Anyone spotted could then have to explain their behaviour to a police officer. The move has been compared to the Tom Cruise science-fiction film Minority Report, in which people are arrested before they commit planned offences. It will also fuel fears that Britain is becoming a surveillance society. There are already 4.2million cameras trained on the public. The technology could be used alongside many of...
  • UK: Council snoopers to get new powers to seize phone and email records - taxpayers get £50m bill

    08/13/2008 11:26:16 AM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies · 163+ views
    Council snoopers to get new powers to seize phone and email records - with taxpayers footing the £50m bill Last updated at 15:11pm on 13.08.08  Tory concerns: Shadow home secretary Dominic Grieve Council snoopers will be given even greater powers to pry into our phone, email and internet records  -  landing the taxpayer with a bill of almost £50million.  Town halls, along with the police, security services, health authorities and other public bodies, will have access to ' communication' records of anyone suspected of involvement in even the most minor crime.  The powers, which stem from an EU directive...
  • Bluetooth Big Brother uses mobiles and laptops to track thousands of Britons (without their consent)

    07/21/2008 8:43:58 AM PDT · by Stoat · 16 replies · 239+ views
    Bluetooth Big Brother uses mobiles and laptops to track thousands of Britons Last updated at 12:04pm on 21.07.08    Thousands of people in Bath are unaware their movements may have been tracked through their bluetooth mobiles 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...
  • 'Big Brother' warning over Government database that records EVERY phone call and e-mail in Britain

    07/15/2008 10:40:48 AM PDT · by Stoat · 7 replies · 198+ views
    'Big Brother' warning over Government database that records EVERY phone call and e-mail in Britain Last updated at 16:09pm on 15.07.08    Cautious: Information Commissioner Richard Thomas warns a 'Big Brother' database would threaten the British way of life A 'Big Brother' database recording every single phone call and e-mail made in Britain would threaten the British way of life, the information watchdog has warned.Information Commissioner Richard Thomas said such a Government-run database would have serious data protection implications.Amid speculation a massive database is already being planned, he declared it would be a 'step too far'.May's draft legislative programme...
  • Great Britain: CCTV cameras to be used to issue parking tickets

    03/24/2008 1:57:40 PM PDT · by Stoat · 17 replies · 905+ views
    CCTV cameras to be used to issue parking tickets Last updated at 20:22pm on 24.03.08    New regulations: Councils will have the power to use video footage to issue fines where it is deemed impractical for wardens to hand out tickets CCTV cameras will be used to enforce parking restrictions and issue tickets under regulations due to come into force next week. Councils will be given the power to use video footage to hand out fines where it is deemed impractical for traffic wardens to issue tickets in person.A spokeswoman for the Department for Transport (DfT) said it would...
  • Now taxman gets the power to turn up unannounced to your home and demand to see tax records (U.K.)

    03/14/2008 12:10:19 AM PDT · by Stoat · 40 replies · 943+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 14, 2008 | BECKY BARROW
    Now the taxman gets the power to turn up unannounced to your home and demand to see tax recordsBy BECKY BARROW - More by this author » Last updated at 01:10am on 14th March 2008 Tax inspectors will be allowed to come to your front door under new powers to come into force next year. Posed by model Inspectors will be allowed to make lightning visits to taxpayers' homes, under powers due to come into force next year.  Under the extraordinary new rules, they will be able to turn up unannounced and demand to see tax records. They will not...
  • Great Britain: New super-cameras will mean no hiding place for drivers who smoke, eat or use a phone

    12/28/2007 5:46:26 PM PST · by Stoat · 101 replies · 429+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 28, 2007 | RAY MASSEY
    New super-cameras will mean no hiding place for drivers who smoke, eat or use a phoneBy RAY MASSEY - More by this author » Last updated at 01:05am on 29th December 2007  Digital speed cameras which capture drivers smoking or eating at the wheel are being introduced nationwide in a new move to hammer motorists.  Drivers will also face fines, bans and even jail for infringements such as driving without a seatbelt, using a hand-held mobile phone or overtaking across double white lines. The hi-tech DVD cameras, which have instant playback, will also be used to provide photographic evidence...
  • Police hold DNA of 4.5m Britons - adding 1m to database over just 10 months

    11/04/2007 10:36:07 PM PST · by Stoat · 104+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | November 5, 2007 | MATTHEW HICKLEY and KIRSTY WALKER
    Police hold DNA of 4.5m Britons - adding 1m to database over just 10 monthsBy MATTHEW HICKLEY and KIRSTY WALKER - More by this author » Last updated at 00:55am on 5th November 2007  More than one million people's genetic fingerprints have been added to the police DNA database in only ten months.  The "Big Brother" system, already the biggest in the world, now permanently stores the details of more than 4.5million individuals. The rise is the equivalent of 150 new entries every hour. The database now covers one in 13 of the population - around 7.5 per cent....
  • Do you fink I'm stupid? Chantelle shows what it takes to make a million as a reality TV star(idiocy)

    10/13/2007 12:04:35 PM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies · 99+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | October 13, 2007 | JENNY JOHNSTON
    Do you fink I'm stupid? Chantelle shows what it takes to make a million as a reality TV starBy JENNY JOHNSTON - More by this author » Last updated at 18:41pm on 13th October 2007 She's on the cover of magazines right now ... but what will happen to Chantelle in ten years? 'I'll probably be wrinkly', she says Chantelle Houghton tells me she is "actually quite clever" four times before I pluck up the courage to ask how she knows this. There hasn't been an awful lot of evidence during our interview, it has to be said, and she...
  • Big Brother Britain: Government and councils to spy on ALL our phones

    09/29/2007 11:31:20 PM PDT · by Stoat · 28 replies · 148+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 30, 2007 | JASON LEWIS
    Big Brother Britain: Government and councils to spy on ALL our phonesBy JASON LEWIS - More by this author » Last updated at 23:31pm on 29th September 2007  Officials from the top of Government to lowly council officers will be given unprecedented powers to access details of every phone call in Britain under laws coming into force tomorrow.  The new rules compel phone companies to retain information, however private, about all landline and mobile calls, and make them available to some 795 public bodies and quangos. The move, enacted by the personal decree of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, will...
  • Great Britain: 'Envirocrime' snoops paid £30,000 just to check your rubbish

    04/22/2007 10:41:07 AM PDT · by Stoat · 14 replies · 615+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 21, 2007 | DANIEL BOFFEY
    'Envirocrime' snoops paid £30,000 just to check your rubbishBy DANIEL BOFFEY - More by this author » Last updated at 22:21pm on 21st April 2007A council is paying plain-clothes snoopers £30,000 a year to track down homeowners who put their rubbish out at the wrong time of the week or in the wrong place. The 'envirocrime' officers are employed to enforce environmental regulations and have the power to fine residents who 'offend'. Ealing Council in West London is spending nearly £150,000 on recruiting and employing four new enforcement patrollers to add to its 23-strong team that already monitors 'waste...
  • U.K.: The 250,000 families with a spy in the bins (Test of trash cans that weigh your garbage)

    03/17/2007 10:41:20 AM PDT · by Stoat · 49 replies · 4,424+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 16, 2007 | STEVE DOUGHTY
    The 250,000 families with a spy in the binsBy STEVE DOUGHTY - More by this author » Last updated at 22:33pm on 16th March 2007 Comments (36) Wheelie bins: £140,000 trial Also see... • Residents revolt against wheelie-bin spies   The Government has paid for the chips to be installed in three areas of Northern Ireland, now regularly used as a testing ground for Labour's plans for the rest of the country. Tories warned that the chips will be used for the first tests of a tax on bins. The chips are used to weigh bins so that householders can...
  • Great Britain: Satellites on speeders (Motorcycles' engine to be cut off via satellite - cars next)

    08/09/2006 10:22:31 PM PDT · by Stoat · 56 replies · 1,293+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | Aukgust 10, 2006 | GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON
      EXCLUSIVE Satellites on speeders Go slow ... bikers face brake     By GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON Political Editor SPEEDING bikers are to have their throttles shut down by SATELLITE, it was revealed last night. But motorcycle experts have condemned the spy-in-the-sky move as “lethally dangerous”. Riders breaking the speed limit will receive two warnings before their throttle is cut, leaving them without power. Roads minister Stephen Ladyman — a former boy racer — will endorse the controversial plan today. But one expert who trialled the Intelligent Speed Adaptation bike for the government, warned: “This will have profoundly dangerous consequences.”  ...
  • Big Brother TV's evil eye (U.K. hit program accused of using mentally ill contestants for ratings)

    05/31/2006 1:48:48 PM PDT · by Stoat · 43 replies · 1,871+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | May 31, 2006 | EMMA COX
    EXCLUSIVE Big Brother TV's evil eye Paranoid ... Sam     By EMMA COX Deputy TV Editor BIG Brother was blasted by mental health chiefs yesterday — after ANOTHER vulnerable contestant was put into the TV house. Show bosses have sent in pre-op transsexual Sam Brodie. He’s the fifth housemate — along with Shahbaz, Pete, Lea and Nikki — to have mental issues. One charity warned it was “only a matter of time” before the show was responsible for a tragedy.Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of Sane, added: “The show is playing fast and loose with people’s lives.”Sam, 18, has already...
  • BIG BROTHER REJECT GEORGE GETS HIS CLAWS OUT (Galloway provides the expected excuses for his antics)

    01/26/2006 3:02:31 PM PST · by Stoat · 4 replies · 538+ views
    The Daily Mirror (U.K.) ^ | January 26, 2006
    BIG BROTHER REJECT GEORGE GETS HIS CLAWS OUT BIG BROTHER reject George Galloway sharpened his cat claws for an attack on his critics today, claiming their reactions were "out of proportion".Despite a huge public outcry over his antics while on the Channel 4 reality show - which included a creepy impersonation of a cat licking cream and dancing in a skintight red leotard - the Respect MP labelled his detractors “sanctimonious humbugs”."Why are we talking about this?," he raged on BBC Radio Two. "The world is in flames. The Liberal Democrat party is imploding. "There is war and pestilence and disease...