Author Stuart Barker
GCHQ legal complaint filed
Seven internet service providers have filed a legal complaint against the UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ – In a report from the BBC 2 July 2014.
Why is this interesting?
1 – It is the first time that GCHQ has faced such action.
2- ISPs from the UK have joined forces with the US, Netherlands and South Korea and with campaigners Privacy International to take the agency to task over alleged attacks on network infrastructure and file the GCHQ legal complaint.
What is it alleged GCHQ have done?
According to the BBC article the ISPs claim that alleged network attacks, outlined in a series of articles in Der Spiegel and the Intercept, were illegal and “undermine the goodwill the organisations rely on”.
Privacy International has previously filed two other cases – the first against alleged mass surveillance programmes Tempora, Prism and Upstream, and the second against the deployment by GCHQ of computer intrusion capabilities and spyware.
The final note in the BBC article says that GCHQ maintains that all its work is conducted “in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate”
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