European Data Protection Digest

Group Says Law Allows for Excessive Snooping

SURVEILLANCE—UK

November 11, 2011

A human rights group has said that public bodies are using the UK's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to snoop on citizens. The group, Justice, says RIPA has been used nearly three million times in the last decade for surveillance purposes and more than 20,000 warrants have been issued to intercept phone calls, e-mails and Internet use, reports The Telegraph. Justice also reports that 10 of 1,100 complaints on the use of RIPA have been upheld. "Its poor drafting has allowed councils to snoop, phone hacking to flourish, privileged conversations to be illegally recorded, and CCTV to spread," a Justice spokesman said.
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