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GCHQ snooping, and more revelations on scope

2013-06-21 19:04:54.984273+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Britain's GCHQ is monitoring cables much like the NSA does.

GCHQ and the NSA are consequently able to access and process vast quantities of communications between entirely innocent people, as well as targeted suspects.

This includes recordings of phone calls, the content of email messages, entries on Facebook and the history of any internet user's access to websites – all of which is deemed legal, even though the warrant system was supposed to limit interception to a specified range of targets.

It really warms my heart to hear that Britain and the United States are doing this for our protection. Really, I felt so unsafe when just China and Iran were protecting us.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-21 19:30:54.112419+00 by: Larry Burton

I'm betting that Germany's Bundesnachrichtendienst and France's Brigade de Renseignement et de Guerre Electronique are also up to the same things so we should really, really feel safe now.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-21 21:19:33.957813+00 by: Dan Lyke

I feel so much safer than when this was just the sort of thing reserved for the KGB, STASI, SAVAK and MSS.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-21 23:57:33.552979+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oh, I didn't notice this the first read through:

"The criteria are security, terror, organised crime. And economic well-being. ..."

[Emphasis mine]