Recent statement on Mass Data Collection in Britain

Mr. Farr’s statement was filed as part of the British government’s response to a legal case brought by Privacy International, Amnesty International and other public interest groups trying to stop the bulk collection of communications data by intelligence agencies.

The statement lays out the authority British intelligence agencies claim to have in intercepting communications carried by Internet sites like Google, Facebook and Twitter, even if those messages are between people located within the country.

According to the New York Times, the British “government neither admits nor denies that it is conducting mass surveillance” but the fact that the statement provides the legal ground to justify bulk data collection leads to believe that excessive government surveillance is not only an American issue.

New York article can be found at http://www.nytimes…


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British Government Statement available at https://www.privacyinternational…