The Times – Government’s new bank spying powers “breach privacy rights” warn lawyers

Big Brother Watch Team / April 17, 2024

Legal advice commissioned by privacy and civil liberties NGO Big Brother Watch warns that the powers would be likely unlawful and would reveal information about people’s movements, opinions, and medical information.

The NGO’s director Silkie Carlo said that these new powers are “a completely unprecedented regime of intrusive generalised financial surveillance across the population, not restricted to serious crime or even crime at all.

The legal advice is clear that the bank spying powers seriously risk Britons’ privacy rights. We urge the government to go back to the drawing board and scrap these Orwellian powers.”

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