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Surveillance of protesters ruled illegal

Midnight_Caller
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Surveillance of protesters ruled illegal

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Police surveillance of a peaceful protester was ruled unlawful today in a decison that lawyers say will change the way demonstrations and protests are policed.
Judges ruled that specialist ­surveillance units from the Metropolitan police had breached the human rights of Andrew Wood, an arms trade campaigner, when they photographed him and stored the pictures on a police database.

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Re: Surveillance of protesters ruled illegal

Why?
James
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Re: Surveillance of protesters ruled illegal

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Until they blow up your car and there's no evidence of it.
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Re: Surveillance of protesters ruled illegal

If all they're doing is taking photos of the crowd, and not recording personal details, what's the problem?  I can understand "peaceful" protesters not wanting to be harassed, but what about the one's who decide to trash everything in site? And how do you tell the difference, until they go on a spree?  Undecided
John
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Re: Surveillance of protesters ruled illegal

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Cobblers. It smacks more to me of Political Correctness gone not mad but completely berserk. Why, really, should it matter if someone's photo is stored? Does this mean that (for example) newspapers will no longer be able to take photos of crowds and publish them without getting everyone's consent because the police might 'use' them later? Hell if you're taking part in a demo in which there's any chance of getting violent etc then IMO at the very least you can expect to have your photo taken. Then there's the issue of trying to protect against pickpockets and other petty thugs in crowds etc who will simply love this ruling.
Mike
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Re: Surveillance of protesters ruled illegal

they only managed to get the gits for 7/11 because of random and other pics. or would you like it that they were not caught?, remember some of tjose pics were many years old
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Re: Surveillance of protesters ruled illegal

Mr. Wood and the photos in question.
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The photographs of Wood were taken in April 2005 as he emerged from the Millennium hotel, London, where he had attended the annual general meeting of Reed ­Elsevier plc, the parent company of Spearhead Exhibitions Ltd, which runs trade fairs for the arms industry.
He had gained access to the meeting by buying a share in the company. He has no criminal convictions and has never been arrested as a result of any campaigning activities.

He a campaigner against the sale of arms.
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Re: Surveillance of protesters ruled illegal

Much useful evidence is gathered from surveillance of events.  How many times have football hooligans been prevented from travelling abroad due to police using CCTV.  Will this now be stopped?
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Hopefully, I might get my passport back then  Wink
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