Surveillance

Brits Wiretapped for Petty Offenses Under National Security Law

Eight surveillance operations are launched every day

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Blighty's councils are conducting an average of eight wiretaps or covert surveillance operations A DAY using laws intended to regulate serious crime investigations.

Kent County Council is the worst offender, clocking up 315 operations in three years, according to a survey of spying requests made under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).

The act, better known as "the snooper's charter", regulates the interception of email and telephone communications for national security investigations—but its broad remit encompasses interceptions and surveillance operations involving "preventing or detecting crime or preventing disorder".