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Officials from the top of Government to lowly council officers will be given unprecedented powers to access details of every phone call in Britain under laws coming into force tomorrow.
The new rules compel phone companies to retain information, however private, about all landline and mobile calls, and make them available to some 795 public bodies and quangos.
The move, enacted by the personal decree of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, will give police and security services a right they have long demanded: to delve at will into the phone records of British citizens and businesses
One oerson wrote:
Personally I think the majority of the UK is so dumbed-down now that all it cares about are cookery, lifestyle and reality TV shows (with faked results) and that actually standing up to the death of democracy is beyond them.