Police spy tech in public places

Police forces around the world have access to increasingly sophisticated technology that enable them to identify and track people in public places. While there may be legitimate policing uses for the technology, serious privacy issues arise because these technologies may gather personal data from large numbers of people, often without their knowledge, and store that data indefinitely, without proper safeguards or independent oversight to prevent abuse.

Such technologies will have an increasingly chilling effect on the right to protest, the right to free speech and the right to assembly, as people will be concerned that they will be added to police databases just by turning up at a peaceful protest, or attending an event like a concert or sports match.

We are campaigning for proper regulation of policing technologies to protect our privacy when we are in public.