This video from Britain is called Google and Facebook can be legally intercepted, says UK spy boss.
By Joana Ramiro in Britain:
Spooks monitor your every message, Britain’s spy chief admits
Wednesday 18th June 2014
Mass surveillance by Britain’s intelligence agency GCHQ was exposed in a 48-page document published yesterday by campaign groups challenging the practices in court.
Liberty legal director James Welch said: “If there was any remaining doubt that UK snooping laws need a radical overhaul, there should be no longer.”
As director of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) — part of the Home Office — Mr Farr is the government’s key witness in the case to be heard by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal next month.
Mr Farr admits that the security services have been accessing information from people’s private communications on US-based websites such as Google, Facebook and Twitter.
Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act the OSCT can access messages sent or received abroad without a warrant.
As most social networks are hosted in the US it counts them as foreign — putting all of their data up for grabs.
“One of the main problems with the police and the security services is that they will inevitably stretch definitions and overstep the powers that Parliament gave them,” said Green Party peer Jenny Jones.
Ms Jones revealed this week how her online activity was recorded on a database of domestic extremists by the Metropolitan Police.
She told the Morning Star that only “strict accountability to elected representatives will provide the brakes on this intrusion into ordinary people’s lives.”
Mr Farr claimed that spying becomes of “less importance” if agents do not read the intercepted messages.
“The suggestion that violations of the right to privacy are meaningless if the violator subsequently forgets about it not only offends the fundamental, inalienable nature of human rights, but patronises the British people,” said Privacy International deputy director Eric King.
Mr Farr’s document was released on the same day as GCHQ announced it will soon begin to share gathered intelligence with some of Britain’s largest companies in an attempt to prevent “threats” of cyber-espionage.
Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths said: “These revelations only confirm that all so-called ‘safeguards’ to protect civil liberties are a sham and that GCHQ is a wholly owned subsidiary of the US security state.”
The UK government has acknowledged that every UK citizen who uses Google and accesses web site services Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, can be monitored, under existing legislation, by the security services: here.