Police privacy considerations for facial recognition technology

Police are using facial recognition software, this isn’t new, but it is going to be a growing tactic in coming years.  Leicestershire Police is one of the UK forces that is pushing the boundaries with using the technology for policing purposes, but it has been heavily criticsed for its apparent underhand tactics. As with all collection of a …

Prince Charles’ disappearing letters? 

Update: The internal review by the DCMS found that they in fact didn’t hold any records and were wrong to say that they did.  Their response:  “Regarding your second point concerning the email you received on 5 May, I have spoken to relevant colleagues regarding the handling of your request and the reason for extending …

Thank you, thank you, thank you 

My book is complete, it’s been published and is out there in the wild. This is just a short post to say thank you to a huge number of people who helped out during the researching, writing and editing process. There was a considerable amount of kindness, patience, and help provided to me by a …

‘Please wind the Prime Ministers clock’

It’s well known that the House of Commons and the House of Lords (Westminster Palace) are falling down and need repairing. Below is a list – that I haven’t had time to do anything with – of non-scheduled maintenance work that was done during the last year. The list of 8,000 call-outs is mostly general repairs, …

If you get an FOI response like this, you should challenge it

Here’s the BBC showing how not to answer and FOI request. I, optimistically, asked for copies of the interviews Jeremy Clarkson and the other Top Gear team we’re involved in after the fracas that saw the host get fired. The BBC then provided this pitiful response as an answer to the FOI request… A response …

6,000 passive aggressive poems sent to Transport for London

Londoners love being passive aggressive and what better way is there to be passive aggressive than writing it in an anonymous poem? That’s what happened when Transport for London invited commuters to submit poems for a competition to see them being made into actual posters and put up around the travel network. Man spreaders, companies …

National policing organisation

The National Police Chiefs Council replaced the police body ACPO earlier this year. Essentially it is the same organisation but it’s one that should still be as open as possible as it oversees and advises on a lot of the national policing policy. So, here’s a list of who is in charge of who is …

Met’s vexatious decision on being asked questions about RIPA

Myself, Press Gazette, Guido Fawkes, the BBC, and a number of other journalists were all told our requests which continue to ask questions about RIPA, are vexatious. Here is the Met’s initial response to my FOI request: Met Vexatious RIPA FOI response Internal review The Metropolitan police has decided to uphold its decision that the …