British police spying on innocents

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So it doesnt only happen in Trinidad & Tobago where inocent people are spied on by the police and establishment but the Brits in the UK are doing it too.
Well now we know where the SIA and SAUTT got the idea?

Was it one of those new Hi-tech crime initiatives that were introduced in Trinidad and the UK at the same time?

While some commentators are clearly outraged no person has yet been prosecuted or subjected to any enquiry into these matters.

I think a full open and honest public enquiry should be held as soon as possible in both the UK (referring to this story) and Trinidad & Tobago in relation to the SIA and SAUTT

 

 

 

The British police have been secretly collecting personal information on innocent civilians as they contact the force to report crimes, an act which has given rise to public fears about the abuse of privacy.

 
The information is stored in a police database and includes the personal information of those who have called 999 and even non-emergency services to seek help.


The revelation, which comes after the Press Association asked the police for some details related to its databases, has raised concerns with civil rights groups warning of exploitation of the data for wrong purposes or in unconnected cases.

“There’s a point where the police stop seeing members of the public as the people to be protected and rather see them all as potential criminals. Until now, this only happened in non-democratic states, but I fear that this line has been crossed in ours,” Gus Hosein of Privacy International said.

Police authorities have acknowledged that they could use the data against those who have not committed any crime in future investigations.

Britain’s second largest police force in West Midlands has stored personal information of 1.1 million people who have called to report a crime in the past 12 years.

The number of records exceeds 150,000 for other forces including those in Lancashire, Cleveland, Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire, West Mercia and North Wales.

This comes as police records even include the callers’ date of birth and ethnicity along with their names, addresses and contact details.

“For the police to log this kind of information isn’t just wrong, it’s dangerous,” said Daniel Hamilton of Big Brother Watch.

“This information must be deleted before public confidence in the police takes yet another hit,” he added.

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Here is the story from Press TV in Ireland…

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