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Supreme Court’s Catt judgment ignores reality of surveillance and seriously undermines privacy & protest rights

Yesterday’s Supreme Court judgment ( press summary here) in the Catt case marks a missed opportunity to protect the privacy rights of protestors and instead waves through the police’s runaway mass surveillance operations. By a 4:1 majority the Court allowed the Met’s appeal against the 2013 Court of Appeal decision which had said that the retention of intelligence records on John Catt (a […]

FITs, ‘domestic extremism’ & privacy rights: the law so far

This week the Supreme Court will hear a crucial case regarding the surveillance of political activists and protestors via forward intelligence/evidence gatherer teams and the national domestic extremism database. Catt v Association of Chief Police Officers was brought by peace protestor John Catt, who upon submitting a subject access request to police discovered that they had […]

Trenton Oldfield: imprisoned for non-violent direct action, now facing deportation

Protest On 7th April 2012 Trenton Oldfield, a 37 year old Australian who has lived in the UK for over a decade, temporarily disrupted the Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race.  He did so not out of hatred for the individuals in the boats but in protest against elitism and “the astounding and entirely unnecessary levels […]

Taser use: more deaths, less accountability

**I was inspired to write this having attended a panel discussion on tasers at The Law Society, London.  I will reference comments made by the panel as “LS” throughout, here is a link to a podcast of the event so you can check out their comments, as well as comments and questions from the audience, […]

Kettling for intelligence ruled unlawful by High Court

The High Court has issued an important ruling relating to Police intelligence gathering during containment situations. During a TUC demonstration in London on 30th November 2011, a kettle was imposed on UK Uncut protesters in order to stop an imminent breach of the peace. Protesters were then told that they could leave the kettle, but […]