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Who, What, Where and When: UK Police Track Data Every Two Minutes

The words you type into Google, the websites you visit, the text messages you send, the people you call or email and your mobile phone GPS location – all that data is being asked for by UK police forces once every two minutes.

A new report: ‘Police Access to Communications Data. How UK Police Forces requested access to communications data over 700,000 times in 3 years’, published by privacy rights group Big Brother Watch reveals how often personal metadata of citizens living in the UK is requested by police.

Between 2012 and 2014 police forces in the UK asked for details in texts, emails and phone records — known as ‘Communications Data’ — on average once every two minutes.

Through a Freedom of Information Request, Big Brother Watch discovered 733,237 applications were made by police forces to access an individual’s computer data in those two years.

That’s 244,412 each year; 20,368 every month; 4,700 every week; 670 every day; 28 every hour; or one request every two minutes.

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