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Britain’s other spying scandal

LONDON, UK — Revelations about the vast data-harvesting operations of Britain’s top spy agency have made headlines around the world.

But the UK is also grappling with astonishing allegations about the far more personal methods Britain’s largest police force has used to gather information about individuals at home.

Undercover officers from the Metropolitan Police — the body responsible for policing greater London — have gone to astonishing lengths to infiltrate domestic campaign groups and gather information about private citizens, even those with no criminal records, journalists from the Guardian newspaper have found.

Police have swiped dead children’s identities without their families’ knowledge or consent. Others have had long-term sexual relationships with targets to build their covers, and in one case fathered a child.

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