Oct 272009
 October 27, 2009  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Rob Evans and Paul Lewis report:

Chief constables will be forced to justify the legality of recording thousands of law-abiding protesters on secret nationwide databases, the government’s privacy watchdog announced today.

Christopher Graham, the information commissioner, said he had “genuine concerns about the ever increasing amount” of personal data held by police.

Graham’s move came after the Guardian revealed how police have developed a covert apparatus to monitor people they consider are, or could be, “domestic extremists”, a term which has no legal basis.

Read more in the Guardian.

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