The number of requests by the Metropolitan Police to access personal communications records has risen, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The London Evening Standard report: 

Scotland Yard’s yearly requests to access telephone and postal records have jumped to nearly 57,000 amid fears of a creeping “surveillance society” in Britain.

The Standard today reveals the growing number of requests by the Metropolitan police for surveillance of landlines, mobiles and letters.

The figures, obtained under Freedom of Information laws, sparked a fresh row over existing surveillance powers and moves to extend them.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.