Statewatch journal
monitoring civil liberties in the European Union

January-March 2010, vol 20 no 1


NETHERLANDS: Central databases challenged by Kees Hudig
The creation of a database containing the fingerprints of all Dutch citizens is being legally challenged by a group of people supported by the Privacy First organisation.

UK: New coalition government pledges to “reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties and roll-back state intrusion” by Max Rowlands
Analyses civil liberty commitments made by the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition government on ID cards, the DNA database, CCTV, anti-terrorism measures and the retention of communications data

SPAIN: Migrant minors at risk by Peio Aierbe
The Spanish government’s promotion of a multicultural society is being undermined by their treatment of unaccompanied migrant children. Far from meeting their legal obligation to care for these children it frequently sets them up to fail and abandons them.

FRANCE: Ten convictions over Vincennes detention centre fire by Yasha Maccanico
Isolating detainees’ offences while concealing context, detention regime and institutional failures: "After seven months of tension and violence on an almost daily basis, and the tragic death of a detainee on 21 June, the centre burned on 22 June 2008."

UK: Broadening the definition of terrorism: criminalising the Mandelas as well as the bin-Ladens by Nick Moss
The terrorism Acts of 2000 and 2006 have drastically broadened the definition of what constitutes a terrorist offence. This has led to the criminalisation of resistance movements and those who express support or solidarity.

Spying in a see through world: the “Open Source” intelligence industry by Ben Hayes
The Open Source Intelligence industry has grown rapidly over the past decade. Private companies free from the privacy statutes thatconstrain state agencies are collecting data on a vast scale and the practice has been widely embraced by EU institutions and Member States.

* In addition, the bulletin carries a round-up of new books, reports and publications


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