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British local authorities to monitor internet communications

In 2004, Great Britain opened the door to extensive monitoring operations by hundreds of public bodies and quangos by introducing the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). Anyone, down to local authorities or the fire brigade, can monitor communications without a court warrant. Abundant use is being made of these powers, even when there is no question of serious crime or terrorism. On the mere suspicion of a trivial offence, citizens are already being watched or having their communications bugged. Full Story

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