Aug 102010
 August 10, 2010  Posted by  Govt, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Ryan Crighton reports:

Councils in the north-east and Tayside have been using snooping laws to spy on residents almost 400 times in two years, it can be revealed.

Covert CCTV cameras, bugging devices and spies have all been employed by local authorities looking to tackle tax cheats, noisy neighbours and rogue retailers.

But details obtained by the Press and Journal under freedom of information legislation shows that the controversial anti-terror laws were also used to spy on children playing football, a coalman not filling his bags properly and people suspected of swearing.

Read more in The Press and Journal.

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