Category Archive: Border control

Why the fake “migration crisis” is bad news for European privacy and rights

By Simon Davies I’m starting to believe the so-called “migration crisis” facing Europe is little more than a tragic confidence trick. Worryingly, however, it involves dangerous consequences for the rights of every EU resident. I’m not being heartless. Yes, thousands of refugees have lost their lives in the struggle to reach EU borders. Many more …

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After the Nice killings we need to think rationally – so let’s start by pressuring the intelligence chiefs

By Simon Davies If you ever needed to gain an understanding of Europe’s mindset on the protection of internal security, you need to look no further than the Swedish border. Here, in this former warm-blooded bastion of humanity and freedom, you will see how the future of this region is unfolding. Do what I did, …

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US lawmakers leverage the Paris tragedy to enlarge America’s security matrix

By Simon Davies If evidence was ever needed of the current intemperance and paranoia within the US Congress, you need look no further than this week’s vote to tighten American border controls. The lower house has overwhelmingly backed plans to put the screws on visa free travel to the US. The House has authorised steps …

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Why the UN must sever ties with the world’s biggest private security company

By Simon Davies The question of whether the controversial global security giant G4S is institutionally amoral or merely ambivalent about its societal responsibilities amounts to the same outcome: the company is starting to pollute the global human rights initiatives that it has hypocritically signed up to. With over twelve thousand corporate participants, the most prominent …

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Legal action against UK authorities aims to highlight the “utter chaos” of EU borders

By Simon Davies The Privacy Surgeon is shepherding an appeal by a US citizen who earlier this week was detained and interrogated for more than seven hours at the UK border. The man was subsequently refused entry and forced back to mainland Europe on grounds that can best be described as bizarre and unstable (you …

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Forced detention, interrogation and £20 Nicorettes… Welcome to Britain

By Jonathan The Privacy Surgeon is shepherding an appeal by a US citizen against UK authorities who improperly detained him and issued an order for his removal from the country. This is Jonathan’s story in his own words. “So this is it. I’m suddenly in a bleak airport security detention room alongside a bunch of …

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Why political solidarity at the Paris Hebdo rally has become the most dangerous threat ever to privacy

 By Simon Davies Anyone concerned about the future of privacy protection should take careful note of the fallout from the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France. The rapid chain of events in the days since then has triggered a domino effect of intrusive proposals and inflammatory rhetoric that could imperil the right to privacy for decades …

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Why everyone is so “shocked” about the UK passport fiasco

By Simon Davies Casablanca’s Captain Louis Renault would be deeply impressed by the official response to Britain’s present passport crisis. After all, everyone in authority seems awfully shocked to find unprecedented delays going on in Her Majesty’s Passport Office. The Home Secretary is shocked, despite having for years signed off on immense cut-backs throughout the …

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Privacy Surgeon lodges complaint against four police forces over border violations

By Simon Davies The Privacy Surgeon has lodged a detailed complaint with the European Commission against four national police authorities, setting out allegations of serious border control violations. The complaint alleges that police in Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy have re-introduced border checks by stealth at some rail crossings into their respective countries. This action …

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How national police are destroying the dream of a borderless Europe

By Simon Davies Imagine you’re a US citizen living in New York, and one sunny day you decide to take an AMTRAK train to see your cousin in Chicago. And why not! What a lovely way to enjoy the trip and to experience hassle-free travel. All is well until you approach Massachusetts en route to …

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