Industrial espionage by TLA's

Brian L Johnson brian at
Tue Jan 28 22:36:13 GMT 2014

On Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:16:54 -0000, Peter Fairbrother  
<zenadsl6186 at> wrote:

> 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" [1] communications  "for the purpose of safeguarding  
> the economic well-being of the United Kingdom".
> See RIPA 8(4)(b)(ii) and 5(3)(c).
> Peter Fairbrother
> [1] "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  
> the US.

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