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Councils 'snooping' on public

A new report shows local authorities have been using anti-terror surveillance powers to investigate minor offences like dog fouling and families claiming to be in school catchment areas.

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Councils used terror laws to investigate dog fouling and smoking ban offences

A report today shows that local councils carried out more than 9000 surveillance operations over 3 years to investigate minor offences such as dog fouling or breaching smoking bans. Big Brother Watch says it highlights the extent to which public bodies are abusing laws designed to combat terrorism.

"The legislative framework of surveillance does not offer proper safeguards against abuse or transparency...It is absurd that the regulation of the test purchase of a puppy falls under the same legislation that governs when security services can intercept communications."

– Big Brother Watch

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