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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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by cjmuk on Mon 24th Jun 2013 10:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
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I swear I shiver every time I hear something like 'if you live a decent, law abiding life then you have nothing to worry about'.

Fresh in the UK news this week is an account about how the Police trawled for evidence to discredit the family of a boy who was murdered at a bus-stop in the early 90s (Stephen Lawrence) because they wanted to defend against criticism of the Police's handling of the case. There was no internet (as we know it now) so they had to send an undercover officer onto the job, but imagine how easy it would be now, with all this information on tap.


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