http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... eiled.html Google map reveals Britain is third in the world for 'Big Brother' requests about its citizens
By Claire Bates
Last updated at 2:09 AM on 22nd April 2010
Britain is ranked third in the world for the number of requests by the State demanding personal information about internet users.
Google said only Brazil and the U.S had recorded more requests for information about citizens' email accounts and passwords.
The 1,166 applications made by the Government, police and even local councils between July and December last year was the equivalent of more than six every day.
Critics said it was proof the authorities remain determined to mount surveillance operations against the public.
Labour previously considered plans for a vast state database storing details of every person's emails and internet visits.
The idea was scrapped in favour of forcing internet companies to store the data and make it available to the police and security services upon request.