Concerns Over The Privacy Of Our Data

1 June 2015, 06:00

A new report claims police ask for permission to access our texts, emails and web searches once every 2 minutes

Less than 8% of all requests are refused by senior officers.

The Big Brother Watch research found that UK forces made 733,237 requests for communications data between January 2012 and last December, with 679,073 granted internally and 54,164 (7.9%) rejected.

The average approval rate across all forces was 96%.

Northumbria, Cleveland and Durham Police all feature in the top 10 forces in the country for allowing requests.

 
Top Ten Forces By Number of Requests

Rank Force Number of Requests
1 Metropolitan Police 177,287
2 West Midlands Police 99,444
3 Police Scotland 62,075
4 Northumbria Police 21,345
5 West Yorkshire Police 19,757
6 Devon and Cornwall Police 19,731
7 Essex Police 19,541
8 Greater Manchester Police 19,037
9 Avon And Somerset Constabulary 18,923
10 Thames Valley Police 17,562


Top Ten Forces For Allowing Requests

Rank Force No of Requests No of Refusals % Refused
1 Cheshire Constabulary 5,848 7 0.1%
2 Warwickshire Police 1,807 4 0.2%
= 3 Cleveland Police 4,276 14 0.3%
= 3 Northumbria Police 21,345                    54 0.3%
4 Hertfordshire Constabulary 13,914                   58  0.4%
5 British Transport Police 3,539                         16 0.5%
6 Durham Constabulary 6,812                         41 0.6%
= 7 Cumbria Police 9,805           74 0.8%
= 7 West Merica Police 11,233                   88 0.8%
 8 Leicestershire Police 9,438                        87 0.9%