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New Gov't Surveillance Powers Raise Concerns

SURVEILLANCE—UK

April 3, 2012

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), British lawmakers and privacy advocates are raising concerns that a proposed expansion of government surveillance powers will be an invasion of citizens' privacy. The proposed plan, to be introduced later this year, would require ISPs to install monitoring hardware, which would allow the Government Communications Headquarters to examine the communications of any British citizen--including e-mails, phone calls and websites visited--without a warrant. Police and other intelligence authorities would also be able to access the data, The Telegraph reports. The ICO said the "case still needs to be made" for the proposed plan, and the move would be a "step change in the relationship between the citizen and the state."
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