GCHQ urged to halt snooping on people with no terror ties

In a new legal case filed against British intelligence agency GCHQ, activist group Privacy International (PI) has called for an end to collecting information on people with no ties to terrorism and with no criminal record.

According to the campaign group, the Cheltenham-based surveillance agency known as Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is collecting “bulk personal datasets” from millions of citizens’ phone and Internet records using methods even prohibited in the US, UK daily Guardian reported Monday.

The legal claim was filed at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), the judicial body that hears complaints about the intelligence services and surveillance by public organisations, and is partially intended to highlight a disparity between US and UK surveillance practices that have emerged following conflicting responses by lawmakers in Washington and London,the PI was cited as saying in the report.


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