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UK’s local bodies can spy on residents

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Dec 27, 2016, 3:22 am IST
Updated Dec 27, 2016, 6:04 am IST
(Representational Image) (Photo: Reuters)
 (Representational Image) (Photo: Reuters)

London: Britain’s local councils were given permission to conduct surveillance on residents living in their borough to spy on dog-walkers, those feeding pigeons or throwing garbage incorrectly.

The 2,800 covert surveillance operations over five years emerged on Monday as part of a mass freedom of information request by the Liberal Democrat party, The Times reports.

As many as 186 local authorities — two-thirds of the 283 that responded — used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to gather evidence via listening devices, cameras and private detectives.

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