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Press comment: NSA spying, GCHQ and Prism

Nick Pickles, director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “There are legal processes to request information about British citizens using American services and if they are being circumvented by using these NSA spying arrangements then that would be a very serious issue.  

“The wider legal authority of the surveillance that the US Government has been undertaking is being disputed by very senior figures and it is essential that questions are asked at the highest levels to ensure British citizens have seen their privacy intruded upon without adherence to the proper legal process or any suspicion of wrongdoing.”

“If British citizens have had their emails and social media messages seized by the US Government without any justification or legal authority, serious questions must be asked at the highest levels.

“The revelations call into question the integrity of cloud services that are used by millions of non-US citizens every day, while setting a dangerous precedent that less-democratic regimes around the world may rush to copy. How many Members of Parliament, business leaders and key security figures use US-based services that may have been compromised?

“Surveillance without suspicion is an affront to a free society and it is essential that we get to the bottom of the NSA and US Government has being doing and how British citizens may have seen their privacy compromised on a vast scale.”

Posted on by Big Brother Watch Posted in Information Commissioner, International, Internet freedom, Surveillance, United States

5 Responses to Press comment: NSA spying, GCHQ and Prism

  1. Guest

    How many Members of Parliament, business leaders and key security figures use US-based services that may have been compromised?

    Funny how the boot is now on the other foot. Wonder which MPs will be the first to complain, or even legislate in this field to impede the spying which would be an about face to the recent snoopers charter.

  2. Anonymous

    This is just a sign of things to come, PRISM is the project name for where fibre optic cables to Microsoft, Facebook and Google are split 2-way so a fibre optic cable can be installed to the NSA.

    Mastering the Internet is the UK adaptation of PRISM, expect every major ISP to have PRISM installed with a back-channel to GCHQ, the media incorrectly refer to these as ‘black boxes’ but they’re just a PRISM clone.

    We also have to remember, all this monitoring and datamining didn’t stop 9/11 and they knew about it in advance.

    And to anyone (idiots) who honestly believes in the fairy-story of a world where 1984 style security stops terrorism, explain why rape and murders still happen in the most secure places of all, Prisons!

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