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Important judicial ruling

There are other important issues to consider away from the Parliamentary and other political scandals filling the newspapers, and this caught my eye, a landmark ruling that gnaws into the creeping growth of the database state and the lurching movement towards 1984 or Animal Farm.

One judge said there were ­unresolved civil liberties questions about the way images were taken and retained in “the modern surveillance society”. Lord ­Justice Dyson said there were “very serious human rights issues which arise when the state obtains and retains the images of persons who have committed no offence and are not suspected of having ­committed any offence”.

So police find that the ruling provides ‘a useful set of guidelines’ , but one wonders just how many people have been photographed and recorded during peaceful political demonstrations and what sort of guarantees there are that the data collected will now be destroyed? The freedom to associate and gather and make a collective effort to voice an opinion is constantly under threat, and it is quite sad that in one of the world’s oldest democracies we find it necessary to resort to the courts to re-establish basic rights.

Where does this leave local councils who are routinely collecting CCTV imagery and retaining it for a minimum of 31 days?

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Written by curly

May 22, 2009 at 9:23 am

Posted in Big Brother, Freedom, liberty, News, Police

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  1. How did you do on the good beach guide, 3 out of 4 on Wirral,the poor one is having work on marine lake,well it’s an excuse for this year.

    Wirral lad

    May 22, 2009 at 9:36 am

  2. Looks like Sandhaven Beach in South Shields is one of those recommended for it’s water quality.

    curly

    May 22, 2009 at 9:57 am


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