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Private snoops hit your privacy

Issue No. 2297

The Tories want to spend £380 every minute on plans to privatise snooping. They want cops, intelligence officers and council officials to monitor the websites that people visit.

The plans were first raised, then abandoned, by the last Labour government.

Under the moves, expected to be unveiled in the queen’s speech, internet service providers will paid by the government to store details of every phone call, email and website visits for at least a year.

The government already does this under a secret system called Echelon. This lets them eavesdrop on phone calls and emails, and to track web visits.

The difference is the Tories now want to outsource the spying and pay private business to do it for them.

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Tue 3 Apr 2012, 18:39 BST
Issue No. 2297
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