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Porn, abuse, depravity - and how they plan to stop it

Policing the Internet Contrary to popular belief, the government and police forces have hitherto not exerted a great deal of direct control over content. But, after a decade of growth in self-regulation and filtering by the industry to avoid government intervention, that may be about to change. Current UK law on content is a mish-mash. The first …
Jane Fae , 9 Oct 2008
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Home Office finally approves UK cybercoppers

The Home Office has finally approved the creation of a central police e-crime Unit(PCeU), a year after the idea was first proposed. The cybercrime unit will be based at Scotland Yard and is expected to begin work early next year. The division will provide specialist computer forensics training and coordinate efforts to fight …
John Leyden, 1 Oct 2008
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NPIA extends Holmes 2 agreement

The National Policing Improvement Agency has added three years to its agreement with Unisys for the support of its major crimes enquiry system. It has signed a contract with the company, with a value of up to £12m, to provide support and maintenance under the Holmes 2 Software Supply Enabling Agreement. The agreement, which …
Kablenet, 16 Sep 2008
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Police told: Delete old criminal records

The Information Tribunal has told five police forces to remove old, minor criminal records from their databases. Some of the cases date back 30 years. They include a person under 18 who was fined £15 for stealing a 99p packet of meat in 1984; a girl under 14 cautioned for a minor assault who was told her record would not be …
John Oates, 22 Jul 2008
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Phorm protestors picket BT AGM

Attendees at BT's Annual General Meeting today will have to run the gauntlet of an anti-Phorm protest outside the event at the Barbican, London. Protestors will hear from Baroness Miller, who is tomorrow meeting the Home Office to outline her objections to BT's trial of the snooping technology without informing users. BT …
John Oates, 16 Jul 2008
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Police protester snap did not breach rights

Police-ordered photography of an anti-arms trade protester did not breach the protester's privacy rights, the High Court has ruled. It is one of the few times that such alleged intrusion by the state rather than the media has been the subject of a UK ruling. Andrew Wood, a media co-ordinator for the Campaign Against Arms Trade …
OUT-LAW.COM, 3 Jun 2008
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Europe agrees on exchange of criminal records

The European Commission has adopted proposals to make it easier for police to check criminal records in other European countries. The European Criminal Records Information System will set out the technical specifications so that police can get easy-to-use records from forces in other countries. Jacques Barrot, commissioner …
John Oates, 2 Jun 2008
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Will your mobile squeal to the police?

Analysis It's been 20 years since a UK drug dealer discovered too late the folly of keeping all his records on a Psion Organiser, helpfully providing police with names and addresses of customers and suppliers, as well as sales records*. Today's criminals aren't generally that stupid, but regardless, today's phones are perfectly capable …
Bill Ray, 30 May 2008
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Europe votes to restrict police data sharing

The European Parliament voted on Monday night to reinstate the principles of data protection in legislation that would allow police across Europe to routinely share data about their activities. As the Parliament has no authority in the third pillar (the EU's jurisdiction for police and judicial matters), the amendments it …
Mark Ballard, 23 May 2007
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MP questions police computer policy

An MP has said police forces need to be more consistent in handling requests for removal of records from the Police National Computer (PNC). Stephen Crabb, Conservative member for Pembrokeshire, said figures provided by the Home Office suggest that not enough cases are being removed from the system, even when the people …
Kablenet, 16 May 2007
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Sun may never set on British Empire's pint

Campaigners and Conservative politicos claim to have won an indefinite reprieve for the traditional British pound, inch, foot and - perhaps most importantly - pint. The BBC reports that the planned 2009 deadline for all UK/European sales to be conducted using the metric system has now been put in limbo, perhaps forever. The …
Lewis Page, 9 May 2007
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Home Office promises proactive powers for info commissioner

The Home Office has promised to give the Information Commissioner powers to make spot inspections on people's databases to determine if they have complied with the Data Protection Act. Reporting to the first hearing of the Home Office Select Committee into the surveillance society today, Information Commissioner Richard Thomas …
Mark Ballard, 1 May 2007
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Euro police data plan attacks 'fundamental rights'

A proposal to allow European police forces to share data undermines fundamental human rights, the European Data Protection Supervisor said today. The European Council's proposal to extend data protection into police and judicial matters was designed to ensure first that police managed their data properly so that they could then …
Mark Ballard, 30 Apr 2007
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Europe makes 'progress' on police data protection

The European Council has swept aside widespread reservations about its proposals for a police data protection law. The German Presidency of the European Union claimed in a statement last week that its revised proposal for data protection in the third pillar had been so well received by other member states that it might even …
Mark Ballard, 23 Apr 2007
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Brussels rolls coppers over rights barrel

Civil libertarians are holding the security hawks in Brussels to ransom over plans to share police data across the continent. Ensconced in the European Parliament, they have no say in a European Commission proposal for data sharing between European police forces because security matters are outside their legal competence. But …
Mark Ballard, 5 Apr 2007
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EU proposes greater data sharing between police forces

The German Presidency of the European Union wants police forces across Europe to be able to share data more freely and wants a single body to be in charge of overseeing the process. The changes are contained in a framework decision proposed by the Presidency to the European Commission designed to outline the protections …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Mar 2007

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