Those facial recognition trials in the UK? They should be banned, warns Parliamentary committee • The Register

“The legal basis for automatic facial recognition has been called into question, yet the government has not accepted that there’s a problem. It must. A legislative framework on the use of these technologies is urgently needed. Current trials should be stopped and no further trials should take place until the right legal framework is in place.”

Source: Those facial recognition trials in the UK? They should be banned, warns Parliamentary committee • The Register

Monster Energy Loses Trademark Opposition Against UK Drink Company, But May Have Bullied It To Death Anyway | Techdirt

Dan Smith, from Newbury, created healthy drinks company Thirsty Beasts in 2018, and the US firm filed a legal challenge against him.It claimed customers would confuse both Mr Smith’s slogan – “Rehab the beast” – with its “Unleash the beast” line. The case, which was dismissed, cost Mr Smith more than £30,000 in legal fees. He said he and his wife had ploughed every penny they had into launching the business. After registering his first trademark in the UK in 2016, Mr Smith then filed the Thirsty Beasts logo. Billion-dollar company Monster Energy objected to his application, claiming Mr Smith’s slogan was too similar to its own.The UK Trademark Office ruled in favour of Thirsty Beasts, but Monster Energy appealed the decision.

Source: Monster Energy Loses Trademark Opposition Against UK Drink Company, But May Have Bullied It To Death Anyway | Techdirt

We are ‘heroes,’ says police chief whose force frisked a photographer • The Register


Brit plod used Terrorism Act to collar snapper. Hello, 2005

Source: We are ‘heroes,’ says police chief whose force frisked a photographer • The Register

UK’s new Snoopers’ Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor • The Register


How far will it go? You’ll have to ask the Home Secretary

Source: UK’s new Snoopers’ Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor • The Register

Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection • The Register


I don’t believe it! The mad lads have only gone and won a legal case against the spooks!

Source: Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection • The Register

UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption • The Register


Amber Rudd yet to emerge from blanket of ministerial double-speak

Source: UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption • The Register

Spies In Denial: GCHQ Boss Says Snowden Didn’t Kick Off Debate Over Surveillance | Techdirt

No, Edward Snowden had not sparked a global debate about privacy – that had been under way already – but terrorist targets GCHQ had been tracking had learned from his revelations with heavens knows what consequences, he said.

Source: Spies In Denial: GCHQ Boss Says Snowden Didn’t Kick Off Debate Over Surveillance | Techdirt

UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records • The Register

At least it consulted… The public? Parliament? No one? WHAT!

Source: UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records • The Register

Hollywood Withdraws Funding for UK Anti-Piracy Group FACT – TorrentFreak


The UK’s Federation Against Copyright Theft has received a major blow after the Motion Picture Association advised the anti-piracy group it will not renew its membership. The termination of the 30-year long relationship means that FACT will lose 50% of its budget and the backing of the six major Hollywood movie studios.

Source: Hollywood Withdraws Funding for UK Anti-Piracy Group FACT – TorrentFreak

Man Faces Prison Sentence For Circumventing UK Pirate Site Blockade – TorrentFreak


A UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has charged a man for operating several proxy sites and services that allowed UK Internet users to bypass local pirate site blockades. In a first of its kind prosecution, the Bakersfield resident is charged with several fraud offenses and one count of converting and/or transferring criminal property.

Source: Man Faces Prison Sentence For Circumventing UK Pirate Site Blockade – TorrentFreak