Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The wages of spin

So this is how the government is using its powers to spy on mobile phones:
It was one of the most infamous incidents in the long-running Blair-Brown spin wars. On the eve of Labour party conference in 2004, Tony Blair was rocked by a story revealing that senior Whitehall communication directors had savaged No 10 during a private meeting — for media manipulation.

But it has now emerged that the leak caused such consternation that senior civil servants launched a secret investigation, including a trawl of phone records, to identify the culprit.

In other snooping news, it appears that the consultation on limiting local council use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act has been conveniently launched at the same time as the Home Office moves ahead with its über-database Intercept Modernisation Programme.

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