Well, if Britain's good enough to spy on Trump (allegedly) , it's certainly good enough to spy on EU nationals !!!!
A British firm has won a contract with the EU to supply border control surveillance helicopter drones. Martek Marine boasts that the £58m EU Maritime Safety Agency contract will see its products being used for “border control activities, search & rescue operations and monitoring of pollution, as well as the detection of …
Friday 17th March 2017 16:28 GMT Anonymous Coward
Friday 17th March 2017 16:32 GMT anonymous boring coward
Friday 17th March 2017 17:55 GMT Ledswinger
Friday 17th March 2017 18:13 GMT NonSSL-Login
The UK is known as the orwellian surveillance state, so it's no surprise that we still get contracts relating to spying and surveillance. We are good at it and have reputation to boot!
Good in business circles, bad for privacy loving citizens.
Can't mumble over us getting these contracts though. Makes the re-moaners cry a little too.
Such a mixed bag of feelings over one single contract. Damn you el-reg!
Monday 20th March 2017 08:45 GMT Anonymous Coward
Mark my words, as much as most of us love technology, sadly it will ultimately be used to enslaven us; monitoring and controlling us. Those sitting on top of the tree will benefit the most.
This is why the rich and the government are so keen on drone technology. Add robots and AI to that too. See where this is all going?
Even the Queen mentioned it in her speech, and related topics have come in past Bilderberg meetings (which are available online to view)
Note the companies attending Bilderberg. Google are regulars there and Deepmind have been attending too. That's not a good sign.
Friday 17th March 2017 19:53 GMT hammarbtyp
"British drone firm wins EU maritime safety contract "
It was a real pity that the author decided to conflate their prejudices with an otherwise interesting technology story about the use of drones to replace expensive manned services.
There is nothing here about Brexit. The firm already supplies drones for maritime pollution emission testing and therefore they were front runners to extend the contract. Of course it only runs for 2 years to give the contracting agency a get out clause at the end (If you wanted a Brexit angle you could of mentioned that the UK will have to fund a presently shared service, presumably at extra cost after Brexit)
As for the mention of the european army, well it might of escaped the authors attention that the drones are unarmed and the EMSa is a purely civilian agency tasked with Maritime safety. As for the cheap "troubled political project" jibe, well, if i wanted that sort of biased reporting I would go and read Breibart
Saturday 18th March 2017 01:28 GMT Yes Me
"Despite BREXIT"? If you haven't noticed, it hasn't happened. Unless very very recently, Dictatrix Maybe hasn't even handed in the UK's notice yet. There's no reason companies wouldn't win contracts for now; in fact under EU rules they probably must win them if they submit the cheapest valid bid. The collapse of the economy doesn't start until we actually leave, for which even Maybe has been very careful not to set a date.
Saturday 18th March 2017 14:28 GMT Anonymous Coward
Re: Despite what?
""Despite BREXIT"? " - yes, as a previous commentard said, if we want this sort of blatant propaganda we would be reading Sh?tebart.
The long term impact of the UK leaving the EU will be seen and felt over a term of years and decades, and only the naive would suggest that everything will be wonderful based on the "evidence" that nothing has changed inside nine months (especially when the Article 50 notice hasn't even gone in yet!). Sadly, on this issue, "naive", "biased" and "journalist" have become synonyms in far too many newspapers: it would be sad to see El Reg following the herd rather than trying to provide independent and balanced reporting.