Civil liberties across Europe are under threat from electronic surveillance, under-cover operations and tough anti-terror laws put in place after the 11 September terror attacks, an EU report by independent experts alleges. The document, which singles out the United Kingdom in several areas, criticises the rush to implement anti-terrorism legislation and argues that it might not be proportionate to the threat. Compiled by experts in all member states, the report says anti-terrorist measures can “result in interference with private life or with the secrecy of communications, due to increased possibilities of using undercover agents”, restrict the rights of defendants, and lead to “exceptional forms of detention”. Full Story
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