Time for Surveillance Transparency – Big Brother Watch UK
Today we have published new polling by ComRes on the public’s attitude to surveillance. Overwhelmingly they want more transparency about powers are being used.
70% of British adults say British companies should publish reports on how often they receive requests for customer data from the police and security services.
66% of British adults say that the Government should publish more data about how surveillance powers are used
Last year more than 570,000 data requests were made – up 15 percent from 2011 – by the police, security services, HMRC and various public bodies, including local councils and organisations like the Charity Commission, Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive. No breakdown of who is using the powers is made available, or what types of crime are being investigated.
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