SCOTTISH police snooped on more than 1,000 emails, texts, phone calls and social media messages in just one month last year, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.

The figures from September, released under Freedom of Information, found 954 applications were made to communications service providers for valuable “metadata”.

This details who people were communicating with, including dates, times and – in the case of phone conversations – duration of calls. It is often referred to as “the who, the when and the where” of police information gathering.

Reported by The Scotsman. You can read the full story here. 

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