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July 19, 2013

Bad Internet Data Requests Led to 6 Wrongly Held Or Accused in UK

IDG News Service — Six British citizens were wrongly detained or accused of crimes as a result of mistakes made by authorities when requesting access to Internet data, the U.K. Interception of Communications Commissioner said.

A report detailing law enforcement's errors in the UK was published as interest in surveillance of ordinary citizens' online activities runs high, in the wake of disclosures about the U.S. National Security Agency's secret surveillance programs.

In 2012, U.K. public authorities submitted 570,135 notices and authorizations for communications data, according to the report published on Thursday. The principal users of this communications data are still the intelligence agencies, police forces and other law enforcement agencies, wrote Paul Kennedy who served as the Interception of Communications Commissioner through last year.

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http://www.cio.com/article/736674/Bad_Internet_Data_Requests_Led_to_6_Wrongly_Held_Or_Accused_in_UK