Privacy campaigners in the UK say British police are granted access to private phone and email records of people almost every two minutes.
This was released under the freedom of information laws requested by ‘Big Brother Watch’ which found more than 730,000 requests for communication data between 2012 and 2014 across the UK.
This comes as home secretary, Theresa May sets plans to strengthen security service and police surveillance powers, including allowing officers and spies to intercept calls, messages and communication data.
However, critics of the proposals for the new investigatory power bills say citizens are already being bombarded with surveillance and insufficient transparency about whose information is being accessed, the cases involved and the reasoning behind which request approval is concerning.
Now Ben Rossi, the group editor with the Information Age, says all this comes at a cost and it has “particularly to do with privacy.”