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UK state makes play for ''law breaking powers'' - To get an understanding of how this situation has come about we need to look at the language used in the laws of war and see how it has made its way into the language of freedoms... more...

''Proportionality'' used to rubber-stamp mass surveillance - How did we get to a place where the police do not consider subjecting members of the public to automated police line-ups as disrespectful of a person's individual rights and freedoms?... more...

Mass Surveillance & the Dark Web of Pick'n'Mix Law - the story of how Johnson was able to sign away the liberties of millions of drivers in London illustrates the rise of a new administrative despotism... more...

New mass surveillance database and 1984 action day - It's time to start speaking out against this covert and insidious destruction of our basic inalienable right to be let alone... more...

The silent increase in London's mass surveillance network, one year on... - At the time no-one seems to have noticed. One year on the sound of silence is still deafening.... more...

Magna Carta - our ancestors never imagined we would stop short - It was only to exhibit to their children the means that made them free, that they left this memorial to after ages... more...

When The Language Of Freedom dies, Freedom Dies With It - It is through language that we communicate and understand concepts such as freedom... more...

Orwell's warnings as relevant as ever - It is only through our own actions that we can effect a change to thinking in our societies... more...

CCTV Looking Out For Them Not You - the Home Office told local authorities to talk up any apparent successes of CCTV... more...

8th June 2014 - Time For Big Brother to Retire - We are living in the dystopian world of '1984' now. But we can change it.... more...

Body cameras - The 5 Laws of FFUCams - it might be true that the camera never lies, but who operates the camera?... more...

The Manufacture of ''Surveillance by Consent'' part 2 - what happens when the whole state and its every function become one massive security service... more...

International Group condemns Facewatch - ''Facewatch forms part of a ubiquitous surveillance culture that spreads fear and distrust''... more...

Landmark CCTV case in Australia - Mr Bonner's tribunal victory is a timely reminder that a meaningful debate is long over due... more...

The Manufacture of ''Surveillance by Consent'' - a trojan horse has been snuck into every public space in England and Wales... more...

New CCTV Code Consultation - proposed code creates a truly Orwellian definition of 'surveillance by consent'... more...

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Hits Out At ANPR - Should not be used to track the movements of law abiding motorists... more...

Government appoints CCTV yes man ... again - No CCTV warned in 2009 that more regulation is not the answer and we issue that same warning again today... more...

Open letter to UK Surveillance Regulators - A healthy society depends on the law-abiding majority being respected and trusted as they go about their daily lives... more...

Where to mate? 1984 please - Taxi cameras are part of a growing ''just in case'' mentality that treats everyone as suspects... more...

NO CCTV - The case against - Reports

There are many studies that have found CCTV to be ineffective - below are a few:

Title Author(s) Key Findings Publication Date
'Fortress Britain' high security, insecurity and the challenge of preventing harm
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Anna Minton & Jody Aked / new economics foundation

[...] CCTV was already in place and not deterring the anti-social behaviour. Our study suggested that high security was offered as a technical response to a complex social problem, which would require a different kind of solution.

Campbell Collaboration Report
'Effects of Closed Circuit Television Surveillance on Crime'

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Welsh & Farrington / Home Office

[...] the evaluations of CCTV schemes in city and town centers and public housing measured a much larger range of crime types and only a small number of studies involved other interventions. These CCTV schemes, as well as those focused on public transport, did not have a significant effect on crime.

Read No CCTV's article on the Campbell Collaboration report [ here ]
Why are fear and distrust spiralling in twenty-first century Britain?
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Anna Minton / Joseph Rowntree Foundation

mounting evidence shows that private security and CCTV does not reduce fear of crime or actual crime and might in fact increase crime

The Cambridge evaluation of the effects of CCTV on crime
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Farrington, Bennett & Welsh

the Cambridge evaluation is consistent with prior research in showing no significant desirable effect of CCTV on crime in city centres.

No CCTV Interim Report on Cowley Road CCTV proposals
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Surveillance cameras clearly present a serious threat to privacy and civil liberties and the alleged trade-offs of safety or security are unproven and vastly outweighed by the risk of creating a police state.

National CCTV Strategy
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Home Office / ACPO

Anecdotal evidence suggests that over 80% of the CCTV footage supplied to the police is far from ideal, especially if it is being used for primary identification or identities are unknown and identification is being sought, for instance, by media release.

Read Spy Blog's analysis of the document [ here ]
The Register website has a worrying article that points out why the Home Office are saying cctv footage is ineffective [ here ]
Data on London crime figures vs. number of cameras
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Members of London Assembly

In 2007 members of the London Assembly obtained information under the Freedom of Information Act that showed CCTV has little effect on solving crime. The statistics show that more CCTV cameras does not lead to a better crime clear-up rate. In fact, four out of five of the boroughs with the most cameras have a record of solving crime that is below average At that time London had over 10,000 council/police run cameras.

The Evening Standard also had a report on the findings [ here ]
Assessing the impact of CCTV
Home Office Study 292

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Martin Gill / Home Office

It would be easy to conclude from the information presented in this report that CCTV is not effective: the majority of the schemes evaluated did not reduce crime and even where there was a reduction this was mostly not due to CCTV; nor did CCTV schemes make people feel safer, much less change their behaviour.

Impulsive crimes (e.g. alcohol-related crimes) were less likely to be reduced than premeditated crime (e.g. theft of motor vehicles). Violence against the person rose and theft of motor vehicles fell in the target areas in accordance with national trends in recorded crime.

Shoplifters on shoplifting
University of Leicester

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Hart, Gill, & Livingstone

One shoplifter articulated a perception shared by others, in that he had: " never seen a camera jump off the wall and nick anyone."

National evaluation of CCTV: early findings on scheme implementation effective practice guide
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Scarman Centre National CCTV Evaluation Team

Given the current paucity of evidence as to the cost effectiveness of CCTV as a crime prevention mechanism, it is reasonable that partnerships have not provided a great deal of evidence on this subject.

Home Office Research Study 252 - Crime prevention effects of closed circuit television: a systematic review
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Welsh & Farrington

It was found that CCTV had no effect on violent crimes (from five studies)

To CCTV or not to CCTV?
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Three-quarters of the Home Office Crime Prevention budget was spent on CCTV between 1996 and 1998, yet a comprehensive review has revealed the overall reduction in crime was only five per cent. A parallel systematic review carried out by the Home Office that looked at street lighting, however, found a highly significant reduction in crime of 20 per cent.

Towns on Television: Closed Circuit TV Systems in British Towns and Cities
Local Government Studies

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Graham, Brooks & Heery

CCTV may actually undermine the natural surveillance in towns and communities . . . the result may be a further spiral of social fragmentation and atomization, which leads to more alienation and even more crime.

Effect of closed circuit television on urban violence
Violence Research Group, University of Wales, Cardiff

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Sivarajasingam & Shepherd

If there had been a significant deterrent effect as a result of CCTV installation then a decline in police detection of violence rather than the noted increase would have occurred. This study provides no evidence of a deterrent effect.

Read BBC News coverage of this study [ here ]
Closed Circuit Television in public places: its acceptability and perceived effectiveness
Home Office Police Research Group

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Honess & Charman

page 25; "public acceptance is based on limited, and partly inaccurateknowledge of the functions and capabilities of CCTV systems in public places."

page 6: "a substantial number of respondents referred to television programmes such as 'CrimeWatch' as a source of their information about CCTV."