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How town hall snoopers are watching you: Councils use anti-terror laws to spy on charity shops and dog-walkers
Posted By admin On May 24, 2010 @ 3:48 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled
UK Daily Mail 
Monday, May 24th, 2010
Council snoopers have used a controversial Big Brother anti-terror law to spy on people making unwanted donations to charity shops.
Covert cameras were placed inside shop windows to film anyone who left bags of books, clothes or CDs outside a branch with a view to prosecuting them for ‘fly-tipping’.
The extraordinary operation was among 8,575 instances of town halls using covert surveillance rights granted under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act against the public in the past two years.
It is the equivalent of 11 secret missions being carried out by bureaucrats every day.
They range from undercover patrols for dog walkers whose animals are suspected of breaking dog-fouling rules to spying on their own staff and on smokers believed to be flouting the nationwide ban.
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 UK Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1280672/How-town-hall-snoopers-watching-Councils-use-anti-terror-laws-spy-charity-shops-dog-walkers.html
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