GCHQ YAHOO image collection - legal?
zenadsl6186 at zen.co.uk
Fri Feb 28 06:51:55 GMT 2014
"Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ
• Material included large quantity of sexually explicit images"
To place this in context, the images in question are taken from video
calls, many of them between Brits in Britain - but they go through the
US YAHOO servers on the way.
(And the people running it are called "secret strap-one". Not kidding.
Pervy, or what?)
Now how are GCHQ intercepting these UK-to-UK calls with any degree of
I can only suppose they claim it is under ss.5(6) of RIPA which
legitimises "(a) all such conduct (including the interception of
communications not identified by the warrant) as it is necessary to
undertake in order to do what is expressly authorised or required by the
the warrant in question being a bulk trawling warrant signed by the
Foreign Secretary, which is meant to allow interception of
communications of people who are outside the UK (bulk interception
warrants for communications of people in the UK are not supposed to be
allowed - but this is a potential loophole.
Se, GCHQ intercept everything on the cables which go to the US - and
they don't sort out the domestic traffic which they aren't allowed to
lok at because "GCHQ does not have the technical means to make sure no
images of UK [..] citizens are collected and stored by the system".
Isn't it time this loophole was closed? Eg perhaps GCHQ should be
required to able to show that 95% of the traffic they collect or look at
under a bulk non-domestic traffic collection warrant should be
-- Peter Fairbrother
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