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Extent of UK snooping revealed

Last Updated: Friday, 16 May, 2003, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK

Extent of UK snooping revealed

Officials in the UK are routinely demanding huge quantities of information about what people do online and who they call, say privacy experts.

Police and other officials are making around a million requests for access to data held by net and telephone companies each year, according to figures compiled from the government, legal experts and the internet industry.

The findings were announced at a public debate into government proposals to widen powers for internet snooping held in London this week.