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13.1.15
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FRANCE: Council of Europe sees French state of emergency risks (Yahoo! News, link): "Strasbourg (France) (AFP) - France's decision to install a state of emergency following the deadly November 13 attacks in Paris could constitute a "threat" to democracy, a European Council human rights observer said Tuesday." And: Etat d'urgence : le Conseil de l'Europe évoque un risque de "dérives" (Europe 1, link)

UK: Ministers accused of trying to ‘steamroll’ surveillance laws (Politics Home, link): "The Government has been accused of attempting to “steamroll” new surveillance laws through parliament without granting MPs sufficient time to scrutinise the proposals."

UK: NUJ criticises Daily Telegraph for monitoring journalists' desk time (The Guardian, link): "The Daily Telegraph has been criticised by the National Union of Journalists for carrying out “surveillance” on its journalists by installing devices that monitor whether they are at their desks.

Journalists at the newspaper’s London HQ arrived on Monday morning to find the boxes, which track whether someone is at their desk using heat and motion sensors, BuzzFeed reported. Telegraph management emailed staff at lunchtime, saying the monitors would be in place for four weeks to help plan measures to improve energy efficiency."

UK: Ofsted speaks to G4S Medway young offenders centre inmates over abuse claims (BBC News, link): "A team from Ofsted have spoken to inmates at a Kent young offenders centre following allegations staff assaulted young people there.

Officials visited the Medway Secure Training Centre (STC) in Rochester, managed by security firm G4S on Monday."

UK: UNDERCOVER POLICING: Solidarity demo: Friday 15 January 2016, 1pm, High Court, London (Police Spies Out of Lives, link). For detail see: Undercover policing: women say “enough is enough, release the names and open the files” (link): "On Friday 15th January 2016 a legal case over undercover police relationships will return to the High Court, in a renewed battle to force the police to follow normal court procedure and issue disclosure documents in the case."

UK: UNDERCOVER POLICING: The Met Police must suspend domestic extremism unit now (Undercover Research Group): "The shocking story of deliberate destruction of police surveillance on Baroness Jenny Jones throws into stark relief what we all feared – the Metropolitan Police are going to obstruct the public inquiry into undercover policing."

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