Britain‘s communications spying agency has not violated the law by using the American data-espionage program PRISM, the British parliament says.
The conclusion was drawn by the parliament’s intelligence and security committee that was leading an investigation into allegations that the Government Communications Headquarters used PRISM to illegally access private communications data of British citizens.
“From the evidence we have seen, we have concluded that this is unfounded,” said the committee.
However, it added that it is “proper” to review the laws governing electronic eavesdropping by spy agencies to see whether they are strong enough.
The lawmakers said the GCHQ™s eavesdropping was legal because it had permits from government ministers each time it tapped Britons™ communications.
The revelations of the possible GCHQ abuse were made by American whistle blower Edward Snowden.
He leaked secret documents from GCHQ™s American counterpart the National Security Agency that showed the British spying agency had used PRISM to eavesdrop on British public.
The documents also showed that GCHQ spied on foreign delegations during the G20 summit in London in 2009.