London councils pay for private investigators

Civil liberties and privacy campaigners say that more than £3.9 million has been spent by public bodies across the country in the last two years on paying private investigators for surveillance work - including snooping on their own staff.

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The findings of the study were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Credit: Reuters

The Big Brother Watch study found 27 local councils nationally had employed private firms to undertake surveillance - ten of which are in London.

They are:

  • Croydon

  • Enfield

  • Hammersmith & Fulham

  • Harlow

  • Islington

  • Kensington & Chelsea

  • Newham

  • Westminster

  • Camden

  • Merton

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