PRISM: Fwd: Tom Watson MP

Peter Tomlinson pwt at
Fri Jun 7 21:51:08 BST 2013

Tom Watson MP has spoken.

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Subject: 	Tom Watson MP
Date: 	Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:03:45 +0000
From: 	Tom Watson MP <newsfromtomwatsonmp at>


Tom Watson MP

  Tom Watson MP <>



Open Rights Group press release on the PRISM project 

Posted: 07 Jun 2013 07:26 AM PDT

The Open Rights Group has issued a press release on the PRISM project 
I shall be tabling questions as soon as I can when Parliament returns on 
Digital rights campaigners Open Rights Group are extremely concerned by 
these unprecedented revelations of US spying on foreign citizens.
Executive Director Jim Killock said
“The UK Government must tell us what they knew about PRISM. An 
investigation in Parliament is badly needed to find out whether the UK 
Government or intelligence agencies were in any way involved with any 
related invasion of UK citizens’ privacy.”
“US web companies operating in Britain must explain their role in this 
snooping on their clients’ communications and cloud services”
There should be answers to:
1. What did the UK Government know about the PRISM programme?
2. Given the history of collaboration between the US and the UK, can 
they give us assurances that UK secret services have not been involved 
in the PRISM programme?
3. Will the UK Government be seeking clarification from the US 
Government about whether the data of UK citizens is being monitored by 
the NSA?
4. Has the UK received any intelligence based on queries made through 
the alleged PRISM programme?
5. Would the Government advise that UK citizens, businesses and MPs stop 
using services provided by American web companies such as Google, 
Facebook and Microsoft?
6. Can the UK Government give assurance that the commericial 
confidentiality of UK businesses has not been breached through the PRISM 


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