'Massive abuse' of privacy feared
The UK Government this week unveiled a draft list of organisations that will be given the right to request information about the web, telephone and fax lives of British citizens under the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
Civil liberty campaigners have little faith that government safeguards will be effective in policing the use of sensitive information passed to organisations not connected with law enforcement.
Industry groups also warn that the technical and financial burden of complying with huge numbers of requests for information could cause problems for some firms.
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