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UK Proposals Would Require Vast Data Collection

SURVEILLANCE—UK

March 27, 2013

British security services say advances in technology have made tracking criminals increasingly difficult, Stuff.co.nz reports. In response, Britain is proposing surveillance laws that would require communications firms to collect and store vast amounts of data. The proposals have drawn the ire of human rights advocates and major corporations alike. A spokesman from Privacy International says companies’ disclosure of user data for police investigations isn’t the issue: "The problem is the Home Office want much more than that. They want these companies to record these activities just in case at some point in the future I may become a suspect. That's not the way things work in a democratic society."
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