Social media surveillance is legally okay, says British counter-terrorism official


If you’re opposed to mass surveillance, the plot just thickened. Privacy International reports that a top British counter-terrorism official has revealed a UK Government policy that is used to justify social media snooping within legal parameters. The statement came from Charles Farr, Director General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, who claimed that “the indiscriminate interception of UK residents’ Facebook and Google communications would be permitted under law because they are defined as ‘external communications’,” according to Privacy International, which added: “By defining the use of ‘platforms’ such as Facebook, Twitter and Google as ‘external communications’, British residents...

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