Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Security services given new rights to spy on your phones and computers: 'Dizzying' range of electronic surveillance equipment set to be made available to MI5, MI6 and GCHQ under new laws

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ would be granted a range of electronic surveillance capabilities under the Government's Investigatory Powers Bill, allowing them to legally hack phones, tablets and laptops.

Privacy campaigners have warned against increasing surveillance powers, but the Government and senior intelligence services say they are more important than ever because of electronic crime and the threat from Islamist extremists.

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ would be granted a range of electronic surveillance capabilities under the Government's Investigatory Powers Bill, allowing them to legally hack phones, tablets and laptops

The new laws would give security agencies the power to hack devices, with permission from the Home Secretary, rather than simply intercepting them, which is becoming increasingly difficult.

Online criminals and terrorist can encrypt their communications, which means that when they are intercepted, they may be impossible to interpret.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3282309/Security-services-given-new-rights-spy-phones-computers-Dizzying-range-electronic-surveillance-equipment-set-available-MI5-MI6-GCHQ-new-laws.html

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