Are UK Nightclubs Breaking Data Laws by Storing Your ID Details and Fingerprints?

Frankie Mullin discusses on the Vice website if nightclubs are breaking the law storing clubbers finger prints and scanned IDs.

ID scanning equipment is increasingly a feature in clubs and bars across the UK and is often required by the local licensing authority as part of the licence conditions for a venue.  However, there are concerns about the storage and retention of this personal data and the use to which it can be put, particularly as club owners were found to be unclear about data protection requirements.

The power to require clubs to collect ID is in the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) Order 2010, which was introduced by the coalition government.  In the article NO2ID’s General Secretary Guy Herbert highlights that:

“…. at the same time as the government was making a fanfare about repealing Labour’s ID Cards legislation, they were creating a special case of requiring the production of an official ID.”

He also noted that the requirement in the act was specifically for identification, not proof of age.

Britain’s new chief of GCHQ claims that US technology companies aid terror groups

Sam Jones and Murad Ahmed report in the Financial Times that Robert Hannigan the new chief of the UK electronic spying agency, GCHQ, has accused US technology companies of becoming  “the command and control networks of choice for terrorists”.

Hannigan says:

“However much they may dislike it, they have become the command and control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals, who find their services as transformational as the rest of us”.

However,  his remarks were rejected by many in the industry, with one US tech group executive criticising the suggestion that technology companies should circumvent current legal process and asking:

“What should we do if the Saudi or Russian government also demand information be handed over on the spot?”

Spying on phone calls and emails has doubled under the coalition

Bill Gardner reports in the Daily Telegraph that Government monitoring of communications in 2013, has more than doubled when compared 2010 which was the Coalition’s first year in power.

Home Office figures show the department accessed 6,056 items of communications in 2013, compared with 2,813 in 2010.  The monitoring was undertaken using the Regulatory of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), which has come under scrutiny in recent weeks due to the Police using it to gain access to journalists’ phone records enabling them to identify confidential sources.

GCHQ can view NSA bulk data without a warrant, government admits

James Ball reports in the Guardian, that the government has confirmed for the first time that British intelligence services can access data collected in bulk by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other foreign spy agencies, without a warrant.

GCHQ’s secret “arrangements” for accessing bulk material are revealed in documents submitted to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the UK surveillance watchdog, in response to a joint legal challenge by Privacy International, Liberty and Amnesty International.  The legal action was launched in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations published by the Guardian and other news organisations last year.

Liberty have also issued press release on the revelation which can be found here.