Nick Pickles
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Nick Pickles is Director of civil liberties and privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch. A Law graduate of the University of Durham, before joining Big Brother Watch he worked with small SMEs and multinational companies in corporate communications, in addition to working in the House of Commons.

A candidate in the 2010 General Election, Nick stood against Yvette Cooper, achieving a 12.5% swing to the Conservatives. He has remained a commentator on a wide variety of issues including digital privacy and web-blocking, CCTV, civil liberties and digital government.

Nick is also a renowned music photographer, and recently won the prestigious Rock Archive Glastonbury 2011 photography competition for his shot of the Kaiser Chiefs. His work has appeared in publications across the world.

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Merkel's EU Data Network Is No Substitute for Surveillance Law Reform

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Surveillance reform isn't just about privacy. The free flow of information is as much an economic issue as a social one.

Angela Merkel's call yesterday for a European network "so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic" is hardly surprising given...

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The EU's Opportunity to Enhance Privacy in a More Competitive Market

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 11:12 AM

As we began 2012, many predicted it would be the year of internet freedom. As we begin 2013, privacy and competition are top of the agenda.

I've written before why I believe privacy and competition are intertwined as regulatory issues. The challenge for regulators is not just to...

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Why Privacy Is the Future of Competition

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 1:03 PM

Data protection legislation may protect our data locally, but internationally privacy is not just a personal issue, it lies at the heart of ensuring competitive markets.

As the digital revolutions continues to fueled in a large part by advertising spending, a data arms race is emerging, with a handful...

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Labour's Scaremongering Sideshow Lets the Coalition Off the Hook

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 3:34 AM

The Protection of Freedoms Bill does a great deal to begin the move away from the authoritarian excesses of recent years. It does not, however, represent the end of indefinite retention of innocent people's DNA.

As the House of Lords begins its main scrutiny of the Bill, they have...

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Human Rights and Cat Fights - The Calls for Reform Must not be Silenced

(6) Comments | Posted October 9, 2011 | 7:00 PM

It would be, to coin a phrase, child-like to summate the debate around the Human Rights Act as one between those in favour of protecting human rights in law, and those against doing so.

The Human Rights Act has clearly had unintended consequences. Over creative judges, not grounded in...

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