Several local councils in Britain have illegally used the law to snoop on peoples’ private records according to this report in the ‘Guardian’ today.
Under the freedom of information requests, 150 councils were asked if they had used the legislation under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which, in theory, is supposed to be used to track down serious criminals, to access peoples’ private telephone, email, and other records. 121 said that they did so, while 31 did not. Of those who used the law, around 936 people had their private records accessed.
This of course angered Liberty, the civil liberties organisation. A spokesperson said:
“You can care about serious crime and terrorism without throwing away our personal privacy with a snooper’s charter….
“The law must be reformed to require sign-off by judges, not self-authorisation by overzealous bureaucrats”.
The law as it stands shouldn’t be reformed…. it should be repealed. The nation state is being allowed to do this because the British people didn’t rise up and say “NO”. What on earth is going to happen when the government tries to take ALL our rights away? We need to fight back against this continued intrusion of OUR privacy.