UK city council’s use of controversial surveillance powers increased

THE use of controversial surveillance powers designed to fight terrorism increased dramatically in Wirral over the past three years.

The town hall’s use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act – RIPA –rose from just two occasions in 2008/09 to 23 last year.

The surveillance operations exploit anti-terror laws but many local authorities have been using them in gaining evidence of minor offences.

In Wirral, the powers have been used in targeting the unauthorised positioning of a skip, fly-tipping and testing shops suspected of selling fireworks, cigarettes or alcohol to under-18s.

via Big Brother Watch reveals council’s use of controversial surveillance powers increased (From Wirral Globe).

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