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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

GCHQ Spy Agency Given Illegal Access To Citizens’ Data

GCHQ, the UK’s electronic surveillance agency, was given vastly increased powers to obtain and analyze citizens’ data after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, on the condition that it agreed to strict oversight from the foreign secretary. But according to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, an independent court that was set up by the government to investigate unlawful intrusion by public bodies in the UK, the Foreign Office on several occasions gave GCHQ an effective “carte blanche” to demand data from telecoms and internet companies.

Details may be found in the BBC News web site at:

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