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United Kingdom: Companies spy on environmentalists

15 February 2011
Presseurop
The Guardian

The Guardian, 15 February 2011

"Revealed: how energy firms spy on environmental activists," headlines The Guardian. The daily has obtained leaked documents which show how, over the last three years, three major energy firms in the UK – the power companies E.ON and Scottish Power, and coal producer Scottish Resources Group – having being paying a private security firm to monitor environmental groups like the Climate Camp movement. The news that “business risk management” specialist Vericola has been joining mailing lists and infiltrating environmental groups comes at time when four official inquiries are currently investigating UK police who went undercover to join protest groups. As part of their defence, the police operatives pointed out that there were more corporate spies than undercover police infiltrating environmental groups.