Mass surveillance ‘is permitted by law’ in the U.K.

June 17, 2014 5:59 PM

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Mass surveillance of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and even Google searches, is permissible in the U.K. because these are “external communications,” according to the government’s most senior security official.

In the first detailed justification of the U.K.’s online interception policy, Charles Farr, director general of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, has defended the way in which it sidesteps the need for individual search warrants.

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