Industrial espionage by TLA's
zenadsl6186 at zen.co.uk
Tue Jan 28 10:16:54 GMT 2014
Snowden recently said that the NSA was 'engaged in industrial
espionage'. see eg http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/25907502 .
"Referring to the German engineering company Siemens, Mr Snowden told
ARD: "If there is information at Siemens that they [the NSA] think would
be beneficial to the national interests, not the national security, of
the United States, they will go after that information and they'll take
I was wondering whether GCHQ did the same, and came to the conclusion
that they do - it is specifically allowed under RIPA.
The Secretary of State (the Foreign Secretary in this case) can issue a
single certificated warrant to allow interception and examination of any
and all "external"  communications "for the purpose of safeguarding
the economic well-being of the United Kingdom".
See RIPA 8(4)(b)(ii) and 5(3)(c).
 "external" communications are communications where either the sender
or the intended recipient, or both, are outside the UK.
It is uncertain whether this applies to eg an email which is sent from a
person in the UK to another person in the UK, but which is sent via a
foreign country - a not uncommon happening, eg mail to and from all
Google mail, Gmail and Hotmail addresses will pass through servers in
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