Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Jun 2013 19:08 UTC
Legal "Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency. The sheer scale of the agency's ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate." Woah.
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Which is just the point I was trying to make earlier! The whole point of this is to catch terrorists, extremists and the like, not some random guy selling dodgy DVD's.

There is a factor of information overload though, the more data is gathered, the more likely things will be overlooked due to the sheer volume of the data haul. It's much more likely that targeted data collection will be analyzed closely, rather than trawling through it all in the hope something of interest comes up.

At the end of the day if you have nothing to hide then I really do not see the problem! It sure beats living in a country where you fear for your life every day because the real loonies are never caught!

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