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Privacy UK spying agencies collected Britons’ data for 17 years

PressTV-UK secretly collected Britons’ data for 17 yrs
UK spying agencies secretly and unlawfully collected and stored personal data of Britons for 17 years, according to a court ruling.

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ collected data on everyone’s communications between 1998 and 2015, according to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the watchdog for intelligence agencies.

Spying agencies, however, will still be able to continue to do so due to small tweaks to the law that allow them to flout the ruling.

Millie Graham Wood, legal officer at Privacy International, said “today's judgment is a long overdue indictment of UK surveillance agencies riding roughshod over our democracy and secretly spying on a massive scale.”

“There are huge risks associated with the use of bulk communications data,” Wood said. “It facilitates the almost instantaneous cataloging of entire populations' personal data.”

see The Investigatory Powers Tribunal - Judgments
and read judgement at http://www.ipt-uk.com/docs/Bulk_Data_Judgment.pdf
 
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