Police go-ahead for facial recognition cameras in London could break the law, government watchdog warns

The looming use of facial recognition cameras across London could fall foul of the law, the government’s own watchdog has warned. Professor Paul Wiles, the biometrics commissioner, joined human rights groups and some MPs in criticising the announcement by the Metropolitan Police force. He pointed out that an Read More …

UK cyber security legislation ‘crying out for reform’, new report finds

A new report released today by the Criminal Law Reform Now Network (CLRNN) – a collaboration between academics, practitioners and other legal experts – finds the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (CMA) is “crying out for reform”. he CMA criminalises individuals Read More …

Hoaxer jailed after causing bomb scare because he was going to miss his flight

A passenger who caused a bomb scare on his own flight because he was running late has been jailed for 16 months. Rashidul Islam was due to fly from Gatwick Airport to Morocco to see his fiancee, but his train from Cricklewood Read More …

British, French Spies Risk EU Curbs on Telecom Data Snooping

British and French spy and security agencies shouldn’t be given unfettered access to phone and internet users’ data, according to an adviser to the European Union’s top court who warned that mass interception of private communications is only allowed in a Read More …

Extinction Rebellion listed as ‘extremist’ by anti-terror police

Extinction Rebellion has defended its activists after police included the group on a list of extremist ideologies in a counter-terrorism report. Guidance drawn up by Counter Terror Police South East (CTPSE) listed the environmental protest group alongside organisations such as Read More …

HMP Whitemoor: Knife attack by inmates wearing fake suicide vests treated as terrorism

An assault on prison officers by two inmates wearing fake suicide vests is being treated as a terror attack, police have said. One officer was left with stab wounds to his head and neck following the incident at the maximum Read More …

UK government investigates possible cyberattack link to London Stock exchange outage

The UK government is reexamining the London Stock Exchange outage to ascertain whether or not a cyberattack, rather than a software glitch, was the cause. The LSE’s outage occurred on August 16, 2019. A “software glitch” was blamed in which Friday early-morning Read More …

UK: Two arrested over Bognor takeaway kebab ‘poison pills’

Two men have been arrested after three women found pills in their takeaway kebabs. The women, all in their 20s, found the tablets after buying food at Istanbul Grill in Bognor Regis High Street on Sunday, Sussex Police said. Two Read More …

Counter-terror police arrest five men at sites across England

Counter-terrorism police have arrested five men over concerns about a potential Islamist attack plot. The arrests followed a joint investigation by MI5 and police, who conducted raids on Monday morning at residential addresses in London, Manchester and Peterborough. The police Read More …

New Year Honours: Government faces multi-million pound compensation bill over leaked private details

The Government is facing fines and a compensation bill running into millions of pounds after the disclosure of the home addresses of counter-terrorism experts, senior police officers and celebrities on the new year honours list. Senior figures demanded an exhaustive inquiry Read More …