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UK wants criminal migrants to scan their faces up to five times a day using a watch, 7 Aug
The UK's Home Office [Priti Panopticon] and Ministry of Justice want migrants with criminal convictions to scan their faces up to five times a day using a smartwatch kitted out with facial-recognition software.

Plans for wrist-worn face-scanning devices were discussed in a data protection impact assessment report from the Home Office. Officials called for "daily monitoring of individuals subject to immigration control," according to The Guardian this week, and suggested any such entrants to the UK should wear fitted ankle tags or smartwatches at all times.

In May, the British government awarded a contract worth £6 million to Buddi Limited, makers of a wristband used to monitor older folks at risk of falling. Buddi appears to be tasked with developing a device capable of taking images of migrants to be sent to law enforcement to scan. ...

archived Winners and Losers in Electronic Monitoring
by Cat on Sun Aug 7th, 2022 at 10:34:17 PM EST
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UK must curb influence of European human rights rules, says [Suella] Braverman, 10 Aug
Removing the UK altogether from the ECHR, the rights of which were incorporated into UK law in 1998 with the Human Rights Act, is viewed as notably difficult, not least as the ECHR was an integral part of the Good Friday deal that brought peace to Northern Ireland.

In June, the government pledged to introduce a UK new UK bill of rights, saying this would greatly reduce the influence of the ECHR and the European court of human rights.

Asked about efforts to decouple UK law from Strasbourg during a Q&A after her speech, Braverman claimed this was possible using domestic legislation, saying: "So we can find legislative means. I think it's something we definitely support going forward, with our bill of rights."

Policy Exchange | Keynote Speech by Rt Hon Suella Braverman QC MP - Equalities and Rights: Conflict and the Need for Clarity, 10 Aug transcript
by Cat on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 04:46:25 PM EST
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Left Foot Forward | Liz Truss attacks British workers to deflect from Tory failings on the economy

[Prem SIKKA:] "The UK's ruling Conservative Party does not accept responsibility for any of its disastrous policies. The long list includes botched Brexit which has created shortages of goods, services and labour, the highest rate of inflation for 40 years, the highest tax burden for 70 years, the biggest fall in living standards since the 1950s, the biggest fall in real wages for 100 years and the worst economic growth prospects in G20 countries. It always blames others."

That mind-set is revealed by a leaked audio recording in which Liz Truss, frontrunner to be the next Conservative Party leader and effectively the Prime Minister, blames workers for economic woes. ...

by Cat on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 08:40:55 PM EST
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