Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SNOOP STATE UK; Half a Million Requests to Access Information

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SNOOP STATE UK; Half a Million Requests to Access Information

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FEARS were raised about the scale of the ''surveillance state'' after it was revealed 1,500 requests to snoop on the public were made every day in Britain last year.

Councils, police and the intelligence services asked more than 500,000 times for approval to access private email and phone data, official figures revealed.

The total number of requests including 1,500 from local councils were approved. Each one allows public authorities access to communications data - which includes records of phone, email and text messages - but not their content.

The Liberal Democrats' home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said the figures ''beggared belief'', and questioned whether so many operations were necessary.

He said: ''Many of these operations carried out by the police and security services are necessary, but the sheer numbers are daunting.

''It cannot be a justified response to the problems we face in this country that the state is spying on half a million people a year. …

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