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UK govt to curb 'snooping' powers

United Kingdom government will restrict surveillance powers granted to local authorities under Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, according to security minister.
Written by Tom Espiner, Contributor on

The United Kingdom coalition government will cut down the powers of local authorities to put citizens under surveillance, security minister Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones has promised.

In 2008, Neville-Jones and the Tory party pledged to curb local authority surveillance, saying that an incoming Conservative government would "clean up Ripa [Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act]".

Last week, the minister confirmed that the coalition government intends to fulfill that promise. Too many public authorities can intrude into innocent people's lives under UK surveillance laws, Neville-Jones said at the Homeland and Border Security 2010 conference in London.

Read more of "Government to curb council 'snooping' powers" at ZDNet UK.

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