UK's intelligence agencies such as MI5, MI6, and GCHQ have been collecting personal information from citizens who are "unlikely to be of intelligence or security interest" since the 1990s, previously confidential documents reveal. The documents were published as a result of a lawsuit filed by Privacy International, and according to the files, GCHQ and others have been collecting bulk personal data sets since 1998.

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"These records can be “anything from your private medical records, your correspondence with your doctor or lawyer, even what petitions you have signed, your financial data, and commercial activities,” Privacy International legal officer Millie Graham Wood said in a statement. "The information revealed by this disclosure shows the staggering extent to which the intelligence agencies hoover up our data."

Nor, it seems, are BPDs only being used to investigate terrorism and serious crime; they can and are used to protect Britain’s “economic well-being”—including preventing pirate copies of Harry Potter books from leaking before their release date.

BPDs are so powerful, in fact, that the normally toothless UK parliament watchdog that oversees intelligence gathering, the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), recommended in February that "Class Bulk Personal Dataset warrants are removed from the new legislation."

These data sets are so large and collect so much information so indiscriminately that they even include information on dead people."


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LAHORE: The provincial government’s announcement that it would track people listed in the Fourth Schedule (terrorism suspects) by implanting microchips under their skin has drawn criticism from human rights groups. 

At a press conference on February 25, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said people placed on the Fourth Schedule would have to wear anklets with micro-chips in them. That will help the government track their every move. Sharif said the police would also find out if they ever took the anklet off.

However on Wednesday, Home Minister Shuja Khanzada announced that microchips would be introduced in the bodies of people in the Fourth Schedule. He said the government had procured 5,000 microchips for the purpose.

An official in the Counter-Terrorism Department said that the government was considering the option of injecting a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip near the knees of people in the fourth schedule. The chip would carry their bio data and criminal records. The chip could be scanned by special instruments, he said.

Previously, people on the Fourth Schedule would have to inform the police if they wanted to travel to other areas. The official said placing microchips in their bodies would enable them to monitor their movement at all times.

Several human rights activists have spoken up against this idea. Human rights activist Dr Mehdi Hassan said the chips could only help police track people’s location, not their actions. “Treating people like pieces of meat does not seem to be an improvement of any kind,” he said.

Similar tactics of tagging certain people had been used by Stalin in Russia and in Nazi Germany, he said. “They should be inconceivable for a democratic country like Pakistan,” he said. It would be a gross violation of human rights and would damage Pakistan’s image abroad, Hassan said.

Former Supreme Court Bar Association president Asma Jehangir said if the government was considering any such options, it must stop immediately. “This is a barbaric thought which undermines basic human rights…it is not a feasible option. There are provisions in law to place hand collars on certain suspects released on bail. Implanting microchips in people is a denigration of human dignity.”

HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yousaf said this was very disturbing news. “This is harassment and invasive,” she said.

“Such techniques violate almost every fundamental right a person has.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2015.

"M.G. Michael and Katina Michael (2010) describe this "carceral" phase of power relations with the concept of "uberveillance"- "the sum total of all types of surveillance and the deliberate integration of an individual's personal data for the continuous tracking and monitoring of identity and location in real time" (10). Under the digital conditions of "uberveillance," therefore, mobile tracking is most usefully viewed both as a new experiment in power enforcement and as one of the spatial designs of power in the wireless world of "flows." Elliot and Urry (2010) depict this "uberveillant phase" as a digital "Orwellianization" of self and society, in which there is essentially no movement without digital tracing or tracking" (150)."

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“We are going to have a lot of fun around the information management aspects of body worn video – let alone the more prosaic problem of how am I going to get this stuff from the field to a central repository with as few moving parts as possible."

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"The NSW Government has announced a $4 million rollout of military-style "body cams" - lightweight, miniature video cameras clipped to uniforms, helmets or vehicles - to record evidence during incidents.

A spokeswoman for WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said cameras were already used in WA by motorcycle patrol officers, who often worked alone, and in advance-traffic management vehicles. She said Mr O'Callaghan had considered body cameras being used more broadly by WA Police officers but hinted at a cost-benefit analysis before any final decision.

"The value of using body cams for more routine police work has to be weighed against the cost of maintaining a system for recording, storage and retrieval of thousands of gigabytes of data and the complexity of maintaining security protocols around access," she said."

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