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GCHQ and European spy agencies worked together on mass surveillance

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The German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence services have all developed methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic over the past five years in close partnership with Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency.

 

The bulk monitoring is carried out through direct taps into fibre optic cables and the development of covert relationships with telecommunications companies. A loose but growing eavesdropping alliance has allowed intelligence agencies from one country to cultivate ties with corporations from another to facilitate the trawling of the web, according to GCHQ documents leaked by the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

 

The files also make clear that GCHQ played a leading role in advising its European counterparts how to work around national laws intended to restrict the surveillance power of intelligence agencies.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/01/gchq-europe-spy-agencies-mass-surveillance-snowden

 

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Privacy is dead. Privacy was only maintainable as long as the technology for large scale data mining didn't exist, its extinction was inevitable. Now that that's here, technology only gets better, imagine far into the future where you could literally fly a drone around everywhere taking 360 degree images, infrared camera on your phone sees through walls, the television watches you etc.

 

It'll be interesting to see how things evolve from here, but I don't think any laws or regulations can revive privacy again, it is another element of natural living that has been destroyed by modern civilization.

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