Friday, Feb 6, 2009
The public’s privacy is being undermined by the “incessant creep” of Government surveillance, according to a group of peers.
The House of Lords Constitution Committee says the UK has more CCTV cameras and a bigger DNA database per person than anywhere else in the world.
It wants ministers to exercise much greater restraint in authorising more surveillance and data collection.
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Councils should be stopped from using powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and compensation paid to anyone who has been the subject of unlawful monitoring, they said.
The use of such powers – which were criticised when it was revealed they were used to monitor people putting out their bins and whether schoolchildren lived in the right catchment area – should also be monitored by judges, they added.
This article was posted: Friday, February 6, 2009 at 4:40 am