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Local authorities 'barred from data powers'

Local authorities will be barred from accessing details of phone calls, emails and internet use under controversial plans to extend the amount of information available to police.

Councils will be barred from accessing details of phone calls, emails and internet Credit: Adam Peck/PA Wire

The police and security services will be given new powers to track suspects through their use of emails and websites in a bid to prevent problems catching criminals such as paedophiles and terrorists in up to a third of cases within a few years.

But the new details will not be available to local authorities and councils will also be stripped of their current powers to access information about phone calls, the Home Secretary will announce. Public bodies will have to apply for the new powers at a later date.

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