Forces across England and Wales have amassed data, including age and ethnicity, on law-abiding citizens who dial 999 or non-emergency numbers to report concerns or pass on information.
The senior police officer in charge of the issue admitted the details recorded could later be used against the caller including even an "amicable exchange of information".
The practice last night reignited concerns over the growth of the surveillance state and level and use of information stored on innocent members of the public.
Just goes to prove that those of you who still think you live in a democracy, with the village 'Bobby', like something out of 'Dixon of Dock Green', (for those of you old enough to remember that), are demented. The Internet has two sides to it. It makes the ability to share information much easier, (but of course that will be censored anytime now), and on the other hand it makes the State's control all the more vice like.
NEW GOVERNMENT, SAME OLD SHITE!