Council use anti-terror laws to spy on binmen accused of ‘accepting strawberry pop bribe to take away trade waste’

But now they have won more than £100,000 between them in an out-of-court settlement after claiming unfair dismissal.

One of the collectors said: ‘I thought the law allowing secret filming was to help protect us from terrorists – not for filming three binmen who might have made a mistake by collecting an extra bin or accepting a bottle of pop.’

The episode is just the latest example of town halls using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) – introduced in 2000 ‘in the interests of national security’ – to investigate trivial offences.  >>>>>

It was always n effort to work on controlling citizens.  Their next move would be more likely to update the laws to prevent their control from being diminished.  if the laws are not updated, just think of the value they receive for what they haven’t gotten for.

Notice that the RIPA took effect prior to the September 11, 2001 tragedy.  The government used terrorism as an excuse for implementing their citizenry spy program. The word ‘terrorist’ allots governments to get the citizens to cough up more tax dollars, their rationale and worse of all, their liberties.

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