In the United Kingdom, police request access to personal metadata every two minutes.
A report from Big Brother Watch says that there were 733,237 such requests made between 2012 and 2014. In a nutshell, police officers want to know "the who, where and when" of a text, email, phone call or web search" roughly every two minutes.
As many as 93 percent of such police requests are approved. The number of data requests peaked in 2014 with 250,000 requests in total.
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Big Brother Watch is a British civil liberties and privacy pressure group. It was founded in 2009 to campaign against state surveillance and threats to civil liberties. The group campaigns on a variety of issues including the rise of CCTV, freedom and privacy online, local authority spying under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers act, the protection of personal information and wider data protection issues.
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