Chris Jones

Journalist, researcher, editor and occasional translator based in London.

EU on the verge of approving giant biometric database for migrants

"The European Union is about to become a lot safer — at least on paper. Lawmakers are set to approve plans for an enormous new database that will collect biometric data on almost all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area. The database — merging previously separate systems tracking... Read more

UK: Expansion of the national DNA database accelerates

"The number of DNA profile records held in the UK's National DNA Database (NDNAD) increased by over 172,000 in the year up to March 2018, the biggest annual increase since over a million records were deleted from the system following the entry into force of the Protection of Freedoms Act. As of... Read more

Massive biometric 'smart borders' database may be illegal

"Longstanding plans for an EU Entry/Exit System (EES) which would store the fingerprints, a facial image and other personal data on all travellers entering the Schengen area are running into serious problems as the implications of a recent court ruling on an EU-Canada air passenger surveillance... Read more

Squeezed by the spooks: attempt to recruit activist as informant caught on tape

"A series of recordings captured earlier this year in Barcelona have exposed an attempt by two men claiming to work for "state security" to recruit a political activist as an informant. Their target, Quim Gimeno, has filed an official complaint against the "modus operandi of the Cuerpo Nacional de... Read more

New campaign calls for inquiry into undercover policing

"The fight for justice by those affected by undercover police operations has been stepped up with a number of individuals and groups coming together to launch the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS), which is demanding a full-scale public inquiry into the infiltration of a whole host of... Read more

New police cooperation plan includes surveillance, intelligence-gathering and remote vehicle stopping technology

"European police forces have agreed a six year plan for cooperation on technology and for the next two years will focus on projects examining Automatic Number Plate Recognition, open source and signals intelligence, video surveillance and the remote stopping of vehicles." New police cooperation... Read more

Secrets and lies: undercover police operations raise more questions than answers

British police officers undercover in protest movements have been shown to have regularly operated outside the UK. Activists, lawyers and MPs have all called for an independent public inquiry in order to reveal the full extent of the practice. Secrets and lies: undercover police operations raise... Read more

Northern Ireland: MI5's control over national security issues means covert operations are run by a "parallel police force"

"Covert policing operations in Northern Ireland are effectively run by a 'parallel police force' dominated by MI5 that is answerable to government ministers in London rather than domestic officials, according to a new report by the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ). The report, The... Read more