London, UK—The British intelligence agencies are once again in the limelight for the wrong reasons.
MI5, MI6, and GCHQ are accused of stealing private data from the Privacy International rights charity.
Only a week ago, the GCHQ had been targeted by the European Court of Human Rights for a breach of human rights over a mass surveillance operation. The British intelligence services have admitted that they illegally gathered data about the UK-based charity. Previously, the intelligence services had denied that their Bulk Communications Data (BCD) and Bulk Personal Dataset (BPD) surveillance operations targeted any company or individual who was not suspected of illegal activities.
In response to the intrusion, Privacy International stated that “The UK intelligence agencies’ bulk collection of communications data and personal data have been shown to be as vast we have always imagined—it sweeps in almost everyone, including human rights organisations like Privacy International.”