UK snooper’s charter ‘should be replaced by strengthening of existing powers’

Privacy campaigners have called for the lifting of restrictions on the use of existing police and security service powers to monitor the communications of terror suspects, as an alternative to the intrusive £1.8bn “snooper’s charter” legislation.Privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch says police already have the ability under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) code to demand communications data – “who sent what to whom from where and when” – from internet and phone companies on terror and serious crime suspects. The powers are already widely used: 494,078 such requests were made by police and security services in 2011 alone.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/29/privacy-existing-powers-snoopers-charter

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