The buggers are out to get us
Sir Paul Kennedy, the Interception of Communications Commissioner, has urged councils to "make much more use" of new spying legislation which allows them to access phone bills and call records of members of the public.
Yaa boo sucks etc... but wait there's more...
To free up police time the Conservatives would axe the requirement for RIPA clearance for CCTV surveillance, using automatic number plate recognition software and public surveillance of a building.
Ok - probably fair enough, nothing more than Google Street view does...
RIPA authorisations would also not be required for commissioning covert recording or bugging of a house or car, or using thermal or x-ray surveillance of a building.
But they are seriously intrusive, a step too far I think Mr Grieve.