Salford is a council snooping hotspot

Todd Fitzgerald reports in the Manchester Evening News that the City of Salford is a hotspot for council snooping.

Salford Council has used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to carry out surveillance on city residents on four times as many occasions as the average local authority.  But in over 90% of cases nobody was found doing anything wrong.

However, Town Halls have used the act less in recent years since stricter guidelines were introduced at the end of 2012, which required councils to get permission from a magistrate for such surveillance.