Surveillance state! Council staff across UK monitoring public with body cameras

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‘Officials in the majority of councils across Britain are playing the role of Big Brother and wearing body cameras to record and prevent minor offences, such as littering or bad parking.

The use of the technology has some concerned that the right to privacy is being breached. The majority of councils, around 66 percent have not carried out assessments into whether this kind of surveillance is actually legal.

Big Brother (BB), the civil liberties campaign group behind the newly released findings, claims the use of body cameras is “disproportionate” compared to how much “evidence” of minor offences it actually finds, which leads to anyone facing punishment.

“Despite repeated warnings about misuse of surveillance powers we have found that once again councils are choosing to use powerful law enforcement tools with little consideration of privacy,” Renate Samson, Big Brother’s chief executive, says.’

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