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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

British Spies can Legally Hack PCs and Phones, say the British Spies’ Overseers

Blighty’s spying nerve center GCHQ has a license to hack computers and devices at will, a UK intelligence oversight court has ruled.

The judgment was handed down on Friday after Privacy International and seven ISPs launched a legal challenge against the agency’s hacking operations – operations that were laid bare by documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

During the case, GCHQ officially admitted infiltrating PCs and mobiles for the first time.

You can read more about this case in The Register at

Of course, the information retrieved by GCHQ isn’t limited to British citizens. The agency apparently collects information about individuals from many different countries.

Categories: Legal Affairs, Online Privacy & Security, Telephone Security

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