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This country report is an evaluation of privacy and surveillance laws, policies and practices in the United Kingdom. The 2010 report was updated with the support of the European Commission's Fundamental Rights and Citizenship programme 2007-2013. We are grateful to the assistance and guidance of the contributors to the update of this report for the 2010 edition: Anna Mazzola of Hickman & Rose, Daniel Cooper, Mark Young, Shamma Iqbal and Philip Christofides of Covington & Burling and Ross Anderson of Cambridge University.

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