Cleveland Police has approved more requests to seize private communications than nearly any other force in the UK.
The force has made 4,276 requests to access the public’s communications data over the past three years under controversial anti-terror powers.
According to statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act, of these requests, only 14 were turned down.
This means that in 99.7% of cases, Cleveland Police has been able to access private information. Only two other forces had a higher success rate for their requests.
The force today defended its use of communications data as “a vital asset in the prevention and detection of crime”.
The highly confrontational former managing editor of both The Sunday Times and The Sun has been named as the new director of communications at the Department for Work and Pensions.
Richard Caseby takes over after former comms boss John Shield was hired by the BBC last September.
Gosh, what an incestuous world we live in! The BBC, now confirmed as little more than a mouthpiece for the Conservative Party in its political news content, hires the former press officer for the Tory-run DWP. The DWP then hires an executive from Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, previous home of – oh, yes – former Number 10 press supremo Andy Coulson, currently on trial for criminal offences allegedly committed while he was employed by the same firm!
Murdoch, the government, the BBC – these people like to stick together, and they like to put their people in positions of influence.
There is no evidence…
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