Facial Recognition Technology: High Court gives judgment – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police and Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2341 (Admin). The High Court has dismissed an application for judicial review regarding the use of Automated Facial Recognition Technology (AFR) and its implications for privacy rights and data protection.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th September 2019

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The recoverability of inquest costs in civil actions – UK Police Law Blog

‘The case of Fullick v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2019] EWHC 1941 (QB) concerned an appeal of a Deputy Master’s order that the MET Commissioner pay the claimants’ costs in the sum of £88,356.22, following the settlement of a contemplated civil claim for damages for breach of article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights, negligence and misfeasance in public office. Slade J held that the Deputy Master had not erred in awarding the claimants their costs relating to the inquest because the steps taken for the purposes of it were relevant to the civil claim.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 14th September 2019

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NRPF: The crisis facing the children of migrants – Family Law Week

Posted September 12th, 2019 in benefits, children, housing, human rights, immigration, local government, news by tracey

‘Cameron Boyle, political correspondent for the Immigration Advice Service, explains the impact on the children of migrants of having no recourse to public funds and encountering problems with local authorities’ application of Children Act 1989, section 17.’

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Family Law Week, 11th September 2019

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Right of appeal against refusal of a residence card: the conclusion – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 11th, 2019 in appeals, EC law, families, human rights, immigration, news, tribunals by tracey

‘The question of whether non-married partners and wider dependent relatives (e.g. grown-up children) of EEA nationals (known as “extended family members”) have a right of appeal against a decision by the Home Secretary to refuse them a residence card under the EEA Regulations has had a fraught recent history.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th September 2019

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No 10 request for user data from government website sparks alarm – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2019 in brexit, consent, data protection, government departments, human rights, internet, news, privacy by tracey

‘Data privacy campaign groups and Labour have expressed alarm after it emerged Downing Street has ordered departments to centralise the collection and analysis of user information from the government’s main public information website ahead of Brexit.’

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The Guardian, 10th September 2019

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Asylum-Seeking Children Might Not Be Able To Reunite With Their Families After Brexit, Campaigners Warn – Rights Info

‘The Home Office is looking to end the current system which reunites asylum-seeking children with their families if a no-deal Brexit goes through.’

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Rights Info, 2nd September 2019

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The line between legitimate protest and anti-social behaviour – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Public order cases involving protests have always sparked controversy, with the collision between the state’s responsibility to ensure the smooth running of civil society and the individual citizen’s right to draw attention to what they regard as a pressing moral concern.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th August 2019

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Duty of care: inadequate safety nets? – No. 5 Chambers

Posted August 29th, 2019 in detention, duty of care, hospital orders, human rights, news, self-harm, suicide by sally

‘It was recently confirmed in Fernandes de Oliveira v Portugal [2019] ECHR 106 (no.78103/14, 31 January 2019) that a state’s positive obligation under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) applies not only to compulsorily detained patients, but also to those in hospital. However, there was a disappointing caveat. The European Court on Human Rights (ECtHR) concluded that “a stricter standard of scrutiny” might be applied to patients detained “involuntarily” following judicial order (para.124). Indeed, no Article 2 violation was found. In a partly dissenting Minority Opinion (MO), Portugal’s Judge Pinto De Albuquerque and Judge Harutyunyan describe the decision scathingly as “the result of a creative exercise of judicial adjudication for an imagined country” (MO, para.16). This article analyses the case law the ECtHR failed to apply, contends that the decision is plainly wrong, and argues that no differentiation between voluntary and involuntary patients can be justified.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 6th August 2019

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The implications of ‘bulk hacking’ – Henderson Chambers

‘Corporate Crime analysis: Matthew Richardson, barrister at Henderson Chambers, examines the concept of ‘bulk hacking’ by intelligence services and some of the legal implications, in light of the latest judicial review challenge by Liberty.’

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Henderson Chambers, 9th August 2019

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Home Office faces legal battle over Prevent reviewer – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2019 in conflict of interest, government departments, human rights, news, terrorism by tracey

‘Human rights campaigners have threatened the Home Office with legal action over its appointment of Lord Carlile as the independent reviewer of its anti-radicalisation programme Prevent.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2019

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No Deal Brexit risks reversing human rights progress in extradition law – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 28th, 2019 in brexit, EC law, extradition, human rights, news by tracey

‘The UK Government’s vow to leave the European Union “whatever the circumstances” on the 31st October has left the UK hurtling towards a no-deal Brexit this Halloween, but what does this mean for the rights of people subject to future extradition between the UK and the EU?.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th August 2019

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Investigation prompts rapid upgrades to asylum seekers’ homes – The Guardian

‘Hundreds of asylum seekers crammed into a network of “guest houses” provided by a Home Office contractor that are overrun by cockroaches, rats and mice have seen a raft of improvements in the past few days after the Guardian exposed their dire living conditions.’

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The Guardian, 27th August 2019

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Lip-reading CCTV will have people ‘cupping hands over their mouths’ in street, warns surveillance watchdog – Daily Telegraph

‘People will be left “cupping their hands over their mouths” in the street if new lip-reading CCTV is not reined in, the Government’s surveillance watchdog has warned. Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, said in future people would have to guard their conversations from prying cameras in the same manner as football managers on live TV, unless ministers act to regulate emerging intrusive technologies.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th August 2019

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How will the UK immigration system cope with no deal Brexit? – Garden Court Chambers

‘UK immigration reform is imminent. The Government’s 2018 White Paper proposals for a new immigration system appear to be here to stay and a no deal Brexit looks more likely than ever.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd August 2019

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Government Urged To Tackle ‘National Problem’ Of Protests Outside Abortion Clinics – Rights Info

‘Campaigners have renewed calls for the government to create “safe-zones” around abortion clinics across the country after the Court of Appeal upheld a ban on pro-life protests near a west London health centre.’

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Rights Info, 22nd August 2019

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Buffer zones around abortion clinic – judgment – Law & Religion UK

‘The BBC reports that pro-life protesters have lost their legal challenge against the UK’s first buffer zone around an abortion clinic. Ealing Council implemented a 100-metre exclusion zone at the Marie Stopes centre last year after women complained of being intimidated. The Good Counsel Network, which holds vigils outside the clinic in Ealing, west London, denied harassing women. Three Court of Appeal judges dismissed the bid to overturn the ban on protests directly outside the facility.’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st August 2019

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Monitoring of mobile phones – rights groups challenge police – The Guardian

‘The refusal by police forces to disclose whether they are exploiting covert surveillance technology to track mobile phones is to be challenged at a tribunal next week.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2019

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Stripping Jack Letts Of Citizenship Could Violate Human Rights Laws, Say Campaigners – Rights Info

Posted August 20th, 2019 in citizenship, human rights, news, proscribed organisations, terrorism by sally

‘Human rights groups Liberty and Amnesty International have criticised a “draconian” decision by the UK government to strip IS defector Jack Letts of his British citizenship, with one saying it could potentially be in breach of international human rights laws.’

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Rights Info, 19th August 2019

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Mend law and save tragic kids? – Transparency Project

‘It’s a common mistake for journalists (and others) to refer to the Children’s Act. Pedantic family lawyers bristle at this (it’s the Children Act). But pedantry aside, this error is often a clue that something has been written without much input from a lawyer. And so it seems with the Sunday Mirror’s various campaign pieces published today about the law on protecting children from violent parents, which feature far worse mistakes than punctuation.’

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Transparency Project, 18th August 2019

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Father of Islamic State fighter fails in judicial review claim – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (on the application of Abdullah Muhammad Rafiqul Islam) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2169 (Admin). In a case that was described as “the first such case to have come on for hearing before this court” and one that shares many similarities with the tabloid-grabbing story of Shamima Begum (discussed on the Blog here), Mr Justice Pepperall refused permission to bring judicial review proceedings on behalf of an Islamic State combatant whose citizenship had been revoked by the Home Secretary.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th August 2019

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