West Yorkshire Police 'spy on us 35 times a day'

West Yorkshire Police 'spy on us 35 times a day'

West Yorkshire Police 'spy on us 35 times a day'

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

West Yorkshire Police are snooping on phone calls and e-mails an average 35 times a day, it has been revealed.

Surveillance watchdog Sir Anthony May has said police tap into communications data far too frequently and warned that privacy might be at risk.

And he announced an inquiry into whether there should be stricter curbs.

West Yorkshire is among the forces using the powers the most, a report to Parliament reveals – a total of 12,676 timess in 2013.

That works out at 1,056 every month across the district – or 244 times every week.

Authorisation is granted to uncover the “who, when and where” of a communication, such as who owns the phone or e-mail address or computer IP address.

The police also learn with whom that person was in contact electronically – but not what was said in the communication.

Sir Anthony, the Interception of Communications Commissioner, said public bodies had secured a total of 514,608 requests for communications data last year.

His report concluded: “It seems to me to be a very large number. It has the feel of being too many.

“I have accordingly asked our inspectors to take a critical look at the constituents of this bulk to see if there might be a significant institutional over-use.

“This may apply in particular to police forces and law-enforcement agencies who between them account for approaching 90 per cent of the bulk.”

Nationwide, most communications were tapped into to “prevent or detect crime or prevent disorder”, followed by “emergency to prevent death or injury”. West Yorkshire Police was asked to comment on the scale of its use of the powers and in what circumstances they were used but declined to do so.

Instead, the Telegraph & Argus was directed to a statement from the Association of Chief Police Officers that said police would “await the findings of the inquiry”.

It added: “We remain convinced that there is a significant role for communications interception and the acquisition of data communications in keeping the public safe.

“Our commitment to balancing that with our legal and human-rights duties remains equally strong.”

Home Secretary Theresa May backed forces, saying: “Communications data is vital in helping to keep the public safe. It is used to investigate crimes, bring offenders to justice and save lives.”

The annual report also highlighted many local authorities that snooped on phone calls and e-mails last year – but none in West Yorkshire did so.

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10:06pm Wed 9 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

If this is news to anybody then you've not been paying attention. "privacy might be at risk". If however you still believe you have any privacy then you're a fool and you deserve to be kept an eye on.
If this is news to anybody then you've not been paying attention. "privacy might be at risk". If however you still believe you have any privacy then you're a fool and you deserve to be kept an eye on. RollandSmoke
  • Score: 3

10:31pm Wed 9 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

"I always feel like somebody's watching meeee, and I have no privacy whoawoah" Rockwell
http://youtu.be/7YvA
YIJSSZY
"I always feel like somebody's watching meeee, and I have no privacy whoawoah" Rockwell http://youtu.be/7YvA YIJSSZY RollandSmoke
  • Score: -9

11:42pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Class_War says...

But the people are also monitoring the Police:

http://netpol.org/
But the people are also monitoring the Police: http://netpol.org/ Class_War
  • Score: -4

12:37am Thu 10 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

There is no such thing as privacy in the UK. Problem is who is snooping on the snoopers. This goes against the constitution and common law of this land. Whilst the people of this great nation are slumbering over what's happening in their favourite soap, the dark forces are stealing the limelight to such an extent that we are in a much worse state of political freedom than in any communist country.

Wake up people. Like a certain Bob Marley said "
Stand up for your rights' or would you rather sit and await for the state to dictate to you what your rights are? Stand up and be counted or forever sleep.
There is no such thing as privacy in the UK. Problem is who is snooping on the snoopers. This goes against the constitution and common law of this land. Whilst the people of this great nation are slumbering over what's happening in their favourite soap, the dark forces are stealing the limelight to such an extent that we are in a much worse state of political freedom than in any communist country. Wake up people. Like a certain Bob Marley said " Stand up for your rights' or would you rather sit and await for the state to dictate to you what your rights are? Stand up and be counted or forever sleep. Not so simple
  • Score: 6

8:40am Thu 10 Apr 14

sorrow&anger says...

If they snoop that much why don't they catch more criminals?
If they snoop that much why don't they catch more criminals? sorrow&anger
  • Score: 20

9:43am Thu 10 Apr 14

Tinybantam says...

If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.
If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about. Tinybantam
  • Score: 16

12:06pm Thu 10 Apr 14

webshow says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
If they snoop that much why don't they catch more criminals?
The are too busy fleecing motorists.
In fact the police are more involved in fleecing us than they are in solving serious crime. FACT: speed cameras have sprung everywhere in Bradford and to make a bonus they will send out their vans.
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: If they snoop that much why don't they catch more criminals?[/p][/quote]The are too busy fleecing motorists. In fact the police are more involved in fleecing us than they are in solving serious crime. FACT: speed cameras have sprung everywhere in Bradford and to make a bonus they will send out their vans. webshow
  • Score: 5

1:28pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Ballboy2012 says...

no problem if your not hiding anything, carry on as and even up the surveillance etc. Keep us all safe.
no problem if your not hiding anything, carry on as and even up the surveillance etc. Keep us all safe. Ballboy2012
  • Score: 7

1:42pm Thu 10 Apr 14

bd7 helper says...

A message out to criminals we are watching you
A message out to criminals we are watching you bd7 helper
  • Score: 1

1:50pm Thu 10 Apr 14

yezboss says...

I don't have a problem with this so long as the data is dealt with properly and lawfully.
I don't have a problem with this so long as the data is dealt with properly and lawfully. yezboss
  • Score: 7

2:18pm Thu 10 Apr 14

999 number of the beast says...

Tinybantam wrote:
If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.
IF you and a certain ethnic I repeat avoid using mobile phones. That innocent call home for curry will be twisted and used against use.
The call will passed to the MET and they will say you were plotting a bombing campaign.
Remember folks WYP are one of the 'gang of four'. The other members are GMP, West Midlands police and of course the we will stitch you up the MET.
Ask yourself this question. Why do they ask all officers to swear an allegiance to the monarchy? Why is it Her Majesty's government and opposition? Why is it the Crown Prosecution Service?
The MET only look after themselves!
[quote][p][bold]Tinybantam[/bold] wrote: If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.[/p][/quote]IF you and a certain ethnic I repeat avoid using mobile phones. That innocent call home for curry will be twisted and used against use. The call will passed to the MET and they will say you were plotting a bombing campaign. Remember folks WYP are one of the 'gang of four'. The other members are GMP, West Midlands police and of course the we will stitch you up the MET. Ask yourself this question. Why do they ask all officers to swear an allegiance to the monarchy? Why is it Her Majesty's government and opposition? Why is it the Crown Prosecution Service? The MET only look after themselves! 999 number of the beast
  • Score: -7

2:42pm Thu 10 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

Tinybantam wrote:
If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.
Can I have your bank details? I wont do anything wrong with them so you've nothing to worry about. What's that? it's private? Well you don't have the right to privacy so account number and sort code if you please.
[quote][p][bold]Tinybantam[/bold] wrote: If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.[/p][/quote]Can I have your bank details? I wont do anything wrong with them so you've nothing to worry about. What's that? it's private? Well you don't have the right to privacy so account number and sort code if you please. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -6

2:49pm Thu 10 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

So the police are launching an inquiry into themselves? That always works well. Remember Operation Douglas?
Read the link if you're unsure what I'm talking about.
http://www.upsd.co.u
k/operation-douglas/
So the police are launching an inquiry into themselves? That always works well. Remember Operation Douglas? Read the link if you're unsure what I'm talking about. http://www.upsd.co.u k/operation-douglas/ RollandSmoke
  • Score: -3

3:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

999 number of the beast wrote:
Tinybantam wrote:
If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.
IF you and a certain ethnic I repeat avoid using mobile phones. That innocent call home for curry will be twisted and used against use.
The call will passed to the MET and they will say you were plotting a bombing campaign.
Remember folks WYP are one of the 'gang of four'. The other members are GMP, West Midlands police and of course the we will stitch you up the MET.
Ask yourself this question. Why do they ask all officers to swear an allegiance to the monarchy? Why is it Her Majesty's government and opposition? Why is it the Crown Prosecution Service?
The MET only look after themselves!
The police are nothing more than the governments b!tch who are in turn nothing more than the Queens b!tch. All get authority from Old Lizzie and swear an oath of allegiance to her. Lizzie herself swore an oath on her coronation where she sat atop of the Stone of Destiny (the stone of scone really but that's another story) and swore to uphold "Gods law". She also swore that she would not add to or detract from "Gods law" either herself or via her proxies in parliament. Therefore if these oaths actually mean anything then all laws that have been introduced since her coronation and which do not relate to "Gods Law", which as far as I'm concerned are the 10 commandments, are invalid. Not my rules, these are the rules as laid down by the parasites that control us.
[quote][p][bold]999 number of the beast[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinybantam[/bold] wrote: If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.[/p][/quote]IF you and a certain ethnic I repeat avoid using mobile phones. That innocent call home for curry will be twisted and used against use. The call will passed to the MET and they will say you were plotting a bombing campaign. Remember folks WYP are one of the 'gang of four'. The other members are GMP, West Midlands police and of course the we will stitch you up the MET. Ask yourself this question. Why do they ask all officers to swear an allegiance to the monarchy? Why is it Her Majesty's government and opposition? Why is it the Crown Prosecution Service? The MET only look after themselves![/p][/quote]The police are nothing more than the governments b!tch who are in turn nothing more than the Queens b!tch. All get authority from Old Lizzie and swear an oath of allegiance to her. Lizzie herself swore an oath on her coronation where she sat atop of the Stone of Destiny (the stone of scone really but that's another story) and swore to uphold "Gods law". She also swore that she would not add to or detract from "Gods law" either herself or via her proxies in parliament. Therefore if these oaths actually mean anything then all laws that have been introduced since her coronation and which do not relate to "Gods Law", which as far as I'm concerned are the 10 commandments, are invalid. Not my rules, these are the rules as laid down by the parasites that control us. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -8

4:25pm Thu 10 Apr 14

knox615 says...

There's a lot of paranoid people on here, or maybe just people with something to hide.. And its funny that when a person suffers a crime against themselves the first thing they want is more cameras, or more Police surveillance. Talk about hypocritical.
There's a lot of paranoid people on here, or maybe just people with something to hide.. And its funny that when a person suffers a crime against themselves the first thing they want is more cameras, or more Police surveillance. Talk about hypocritical. knox615
  • Score: 5

4:51pm Thu 10 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

knox615 wrote:
There's a lot of paranoid people on here, or maybe just people with something to hide.. And its funny that when a person suffers a crime against themselves the first thing they want is more cameras, or more Police surveillance. Talk about hypocritical.
There are some people who are aware of their rights and are willing to fight to keep them. You are obviously not one of them. We should not accept the covert monitoring of everyone on the off chance that one day someone may be caught out doing something wrong. We have been misled into believing that these measures were brought in to fight terrorists. We could have saved our civil rights and a whole heap of money if the governments hadn't lied to us in order to trick us into going into Muslim lands to make profits for corporations, as Cameron unsuccessfully tried to do to get us embroiled in a war in Syria, which enflames tensions and serves as a recruiting tool for more terrorists. That said the terrorists we do have in this country are strongly linked to MI5 anyway.
[quote][p][bold]knox615[/bold] wrote: There's a lot of paranoid people on here, or maybe just people with something to hide.. And its funny that when a person suffers a crime against themselves the first thing they want is more cameras, or more Police surveillance. Talk about hypocritical.[/p][/quote]There are some people who are aware of their rights and are willing to fight to keep them. You are obviously not one of them. We should not accept the covert monitoring of everyone on the off chance that one day someone may be caught out doing something wrong. We have been misled into believing that these measures were brought in to fight terrorists. We could have saved our civil rights and a whole heap of money if the governments hadn't lied to us in order to trick us into going into Muslim lands to make profits for corporations, as Cameron unsuccessfully tried to do to get us embroiled in a war in Syria, which enflames tensions and serves as a recruiting tool for more terrorists. That said the terrorists we do have in this country are strongly linked to MI5 anyway. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -3

5:18pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
knox615 wrote:
There's a lot of paranoid people on here, or maybe just people with something to hide.. And its funny that when a person suffers a crime against themselves the first thing they want is more cameras, or more Police surveillance. Talk about hypocritical.
There are some people who are aware of their rights and are willing to fight to keep them. You are obviously not one of them. We should not accept the covert monitoring of everyone on the off chance that one day someone may be caught out doing something wrong. We have been misled into believing that these measures were brought in to fight terrorists. We could have saved our civil rights and a whole heap of money if the governments hadn't lied to us in order to trick us into going into Muslim lands to make profits for corporations, as Cameron unsuccessfully tried to do to get us embroiled in a war in Syria, which enflames tensions and serves as a recruiting tool for more terrorists. That said the terrorists we do have in this country are strongly linked to MI5 anyway.
Paranoid? No!

Ticked off at living in a police Stasi state? Most definitely!

People need to do their research: not this generation who have difficulty reading or using analogically based reasoning as they've been dumbed down by too much telly and social networks!

Do yourselves justice and have a watch of this video http://m.youtube.com
/watch?v=s0OOs-DZYYc


This is about the reality of what's going on: watch it and let me know what you think or don't think.
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]knox615[/bold] wrote: There's a lot of paranoid people on here, or maybe just people with something to hide.. And its funny that when a person suffers a crime against themselves the first thing they want is more cameras, or more Police surveillance. Talk about hypocritical.[/p][/quote]There are some people who are aware of their rights and are willing to fight to keep them. You are obviously not one of them. We should not accept the covert monitoring of everyone on the off chance that one day someone may be caught out doing something wrong. We have been misled into believing that these measures were brought in to fight terrorists. We could have saved our civil rights and a whole heap of money if the governments hadn't lied to us in order to trick us into going into Muslim lands to make profits for corporations, as Cameron unsuccessfully tried to do to get us embroiled in a war in Syria, which enflames tensions and serves as a recruiting tool for more terrorists. That said the terrorists we do have in this country are strongly linked to MI5 anyway.[/p][/quote]Paranoid? No! Ticked off at living in a police Stasi state? Most definitely! People need to do their research: not this generation who have difficulty reading or using analogically based reasoning as they've been dumbed down by too much telly and social networks! Do yourselves justice and have a watch of this video http://m.youtube.com /watch?v=s0OOs-DZYYc This is about the reality of what's going on: watch it and let me know what you think or don't think. Not so simple
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Watch this

http://m.youtube.com
/watch?v=s0OOs-DZYYc
Watch this http://m.youtube.com /watch?v=s0OOs-DZYYc Not so simple
  • Score: 0

8:04pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Bantambhoy says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
999 number of the beast wrote:
Tinybantam wrote:
If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.
IF you and a certain ethnic I repeat avoid using mobile phones. That innocent call home for curry will be twisted and used against use.
The call will passed to the MET and they will say you were plotting a bombing campaign.
Remember folks WYP are one of the 'gang of four'. The other members are GMP, West Midlands police and of course the we will stitch you up the MET.
Ask yourself this question. Why do they ask all officers to swear an allegiance to the monarchy? Why is it Her Majesty's government and opposition? Why is it the Crown Prosecution Service?
The MET only look after themselves!
The police are nothing more than the governments b!tch who are in turn nothing more than the Queens b!tch. All get authority from Old Lizzie and swear an oath of allegiance to her. Lizzie herself swore an oath on her coronation where she sat atop of the Stone of Destiny (the stone of scone really but that's another story) and swore to uphold "Gods law". She also swore that she would not add to or detract from "Gods law" either herself or via her proxies in parliament. Therefore if these oaths actually mean anything then all laws that have been introduced since her coronation and which do not relate to "Gods Law", which as far as I'm concerned are the 10 commandments, are invalid. Not my rules, these are the rules as laid down by the parasites that control us.
Calm down and roll another one!!
35 times a day in the whole of West Yorkshire? with a bit of luck they'll miss me logging in to the T&A or checking how my shares are doing!
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]999 number of the beast[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tinybantam[/bold] wrote: If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.[/p][/quote]IF you and a certain ethnic I repeat avoid using mobile phones. That innocent call home for curry will be twisted and used against use. The call will passed to the MET and they will say you were plotting a bombing campaign. Remember folks WYP are one of the 'gang of four'. The other members are GMP, West Midlands police and of course the we will stitch you up the MET. Ask yourself this question. Why do they ask all officers to swear an allegiance to the monarchy? Why is it Her Majesty's government and opposition? Why is it the Crown Prosecution Service? The MET only look after themselves![/p][/quote]The police are nothing more than the governments b!tch who are in turn nothing more than the Queens b!tch. All get authority from Old Lizzie and swear an oath of allegiance to her. Lizzie herself swore an oath on her coronation where she sat atop of the Stone of Destiny (the stone of scone really but that's another story) and swore to uphold "Gods law". She also swore that she would not add to or detract from "Gods law" either herself or via her proxies in parliament. Therefore if these oaths actually mean anything then all laws that have been introduced since her coronation and which do not relate to "Gods Law", which as far as I'm concerned are the 10 commandments, are invalid. Not my rules, these are the rules as laid down by the parasites that control us.[/p][/quote]Calm down and roll another one!! 35 times a day in the whole of West Yorkshire? with a bit of luck they'll miss me logging in to the T&A or checking how my shares are doing! Bantambhoy
  • Score: 1

11:09pm Thu 10 Apr 14

philmorris says...

i wreckon theirs 15 millon people taking illegall drugs in this country? what they going to do lock them all up?
i wreckon theirs 15 millon people taking illegall drugs in this country? what they going to do lock them all up? philmorris
  • Score: -2

12:03am Fri 11 Apr 14

Wanna Have says...

Ballboy2012 wrote:
no problem if your not hiding anything, carry on as and even up the surveillance etc. Keep us all safe.
Or if you live in an area where the authorities choose not to monitor the local population you have nothing to fear you can do as you wish.I don't wish to live in an area where society is considered so bad cctv,speed bumps etc are needed.I want tgese social problems to be solved not contained as in an open prison.
[quote][p][bold]Ballboy2012[/bold] wrote: no problem if your not hiding anything, carry on as and even up the surveillance etc. Keep us all safe.[/p][/quote]Or if you live in an area where the authorities choose not to monitor the local population you have nothing to fear you can do as you wish.I don't wish to live in an area where society is considered so bad cctv,speed bumps etc are needed.I want tgese social problems to be solved not contained as in an open prison. Wanna Have
  • Score: 1

12:07am Fri 11 Apr 14

Wanna Have says...

bd7 helper wrote:
A message out to criminals we are watching you
So why no bankers banged up then?
[quote][p][bold]bd7 helper[/bold] wrote: A message out to criminals we are watching you[/p][/quote]So why no bankers banged up then? Wanna Have
  • Score: 1

3:26am Fri 11 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

Not so simple wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
knox615 wrote:
There's a lot of paranoid people on here, or maybe just people with something to hide.. And its funny that when a person suffers a crime against themselves the first thing they want is more cameras, or more Police surveillance. Talk about hypocritical.
There are some people who are aware of their rights and are willing to fight to keep them. You are obviously not one of them. We should not accept the covert monitoring of everyone on the off chance that one day someone may be caught out doing something wrong. We have been misled into believing that these measures were brought in to fight terrorists. We could have saved our civil rights and a whole heap of money if the governments hadn't lied to us in order to trick us into going into Muslim lands to make profits for corporations, as Cameron unsuccessfully tried to do to get us embroiled in a war in Syria, which enflames tensions and serves as a recruiting tool for more terrorists. That said the terrorists we do have in this country are strongly linked to MI5 anyway.
Paranoid? No!

Ticked off at living in a police Stasi state? Most definitely!

People need to do their research: not this generation who have difficulty reading or using analogically based reasoning as they've been dumbed down by too much telly and social networks!

Do yourselves justice and have a watch of this video http://m.youtube.com

/watch?v=s0OOs-DZYYc



This is about the reality of what's going on: watch it and let me know what you think or don't think.
Some interesting points expressed. I'm aware of much of what he was saying and have seen his stuff before although I've only listened to some of the vid as I didn't have the time to listen to the full 2 and a half hours.
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]knox615[/bold] wrote: There's a lot of paranoid people on here, or maybe just people with something to hide.. And its funny that when a person suffers a crime against themselves the first thing they want is more cameras, or more Police surveillance. Talk about hypocritical.[/p][/quote]There are some people who are aware of their rights and are willing to fight to keep them. You are obviously not one of them. We should not accept the covert monitoring of everyone on the off chance that one day someone may be caught out doing something wrong. We have been misled into believing that these measures were brought in to fight terrorists. We could have saved our civil rights and a whole heap of money if the governments hadn't lied to us in order to trick us into going into Muslim lands to make profits for corporations, as Cameron unsuccessfully tried to do to get us embroiled in a war in Syria, which enflames tensions and serves as a recruiting tool for more terrorists. That said the terrorists we do have in this country are strongly linked to MI5 anyway.[/p][/quote]Paranoid? No! Ticked off at living in a police Stasi state? Most definitely! People need to do their research: not this generation who have difficulty reading or using analogically based reasoning as they've been dumbed down by too much telly and social networks! Do yourselves justice and have a watch of this video http://m.youtube.com /watch?v=s0OOs-DZYYc This is about the reality of what's going on: watch it and let me know what you think or don't think.[/p][/quote]Some interesting points expressed. I'm aware of much of what he was saying and have seen his stuff before although I've only listened to some of the vid as I didn't have the time to listen to the full 2 and a half hours. RollandSmoke
  • Score: 0

9:07am Fri 11 Apr 14

mad matt says...

knox615 wrote:
There's a lot of paranoid people on here, or maybe just people with something to hide.. And its funny that when a person suffers a crime against themselves the first thing they want is more cameras, or more Police surveillance. Talk about hypocritical.
Spot on - this hits the nail on the head !

As for the comment about bank passwords - all they would know is that you had contacted your bank, NOT about any information contained in the message or phone call.
You are in a lot more danger from computer hackers and viruses!
[quote][p][bold]knox615[/bold] wrote: There's a lot of paranoid people on here, or maybe just people with something to hide.. And its funny that when a person suffers a crime against themselves the first thing they want is more cameras, or more Police surveillance. Talk about hypocritical.[/p][/quote]Spot on - this hits the nail on the head ! As for the comment about bank passwords - all they would know is that you had contacted your bank, NOT about any information contained in the message or phone call. You are in a lot more danger from computer hackers and viruses! mad matt
  • Score: 0

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