Social Media Mass Surveillance is Allowed in UKAdded: Saturday, June 21st, 2014
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The officials have officially confirmed the true extent of the government’s interception of social networks, including private messages between citizens. It was confirmed that searches on Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and exchange of emails abroad can be monitored by the local security services.
British government has finally admitted that communication of its citizens in private channels like Twitter direct messages are considered as legitimate targets that can be intercepted without a warrant.
The document representing defence of mass monitoring developed a legal interpretation,
provoking calls for the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to be overhauled urgently and the allegations that the authorities are exploiting loopholes in the law of which parliament was unaware.
The paper was released in response to a case brought by civil rights groups before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), which deals with complaints against the intelligence services. The case was launched in the wake of revelations from Edward Snowden about the monitoring program dubbed Tempora operated by the British monitoring agency GCHQ. This program taps into the network of fiber-optic cables that carry the phone calls and online traffic worldwide, recording up to 600 million phone events daily.
According to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, traditional interception of internal communications within the country requires an individual warrant. The authorities argue that in a technologically-fast moving world, identifying individual targets before monitoring is too difficult. The external one, in the meantime, can be monitored without an individual warrant. The document explains that searches on social networks involve communicating with a web-based platform abroad, and are therefore external communications, not internal. Emails sent or received from abroad could also be intercepted in such a way.
The statement also points out that the issue was raised during the passage of the law a decade ago, implying that parliament knew about the difficulty of distinguishing between internal and external communications when it passed the bill.
Indeed, the Section 8 of the law reads that the internal communications between UK residents within the UK may only be monitored pursuant to a specific warrant, and if there’s a reason to suspect the individual in unlawful activity. But external communications may be monitored indiscriminately under a general warrant.
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Saturday, June 21st, 2014
|We can all harp on about this and that and how the powers that be abuse the status given to them by the ordinary voter, it does not matter who is in power, there all a bunch of paranoid info freaks, osama bin laden and all the other terrorist organisations around the world sussed this out ages ago, sew a seed and it will manifest itself as a weed, growing and growing unless you cut it's head off!.................. TOO LATE!|
|posted by (2014-06-21 02:38:33)|
|Yeah sure, so what are they doing about all these f@#kheads going to fight in Iraq? If you have to spy, spy on the f@#king terrorists, and do something about them, useless bunch of pen-pushers and chair-warmers.|
|quote:Section 8 of the law reads that the internal communications between UK residents within the UK may only be monitored pursuant to a specific warrant, and if there’s a reason to suspect the individual in unlawful activity. But external communications may be monitored indiscriminately under a general warrant.|
So just to be clear they have to monitor all communications to discriminate who is worth watching then they get a warrant to pursue investigation further,the former being a breach of civil rights and liberty in the first instance and how many terrorists have they actually caught since 2003 ,hmmm.
Just another tool for big brother,last time I checked we in the UK were not at war and so anti-terrorist legislature is not required since there have been no bombing or threats of such since around july 2005.
|we live in a police state people no rights,no privacy,boxed away into our little cubicles under the rule of big brother and the yoke of oppression,it took 30 years for Orwellian dictatorship to show its ugly face from 1984 to 2014,great innovation has been made in the policing of the internet one wonders how much innovation has and will be stifled because of it in the future,what the USA and UK are currently doing is no less than their respective partner countries are doing in Cyberspace in dictatorship and censorship of the internet and only the apathetic people/sheeple are convinced it is a good thing,the rest of us know and object ,still we are the silent minority even with many world leaders in the community against it and protesting it.|
|Tony Blair's legacy of lies and mule-headed idiocy rumbles on. What a despicable bastard of a man. If there were any justice in the world, Blair would be hacked to death in the street by Islamic nutters who would then be shot to death on the spot by armed police, saving us all the expense of trials and jail terms.|
|Yup stripping away at our privacy rights. One by one.|
|Why do they care what ic3m4l3 posts on his fb page?||
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