Tech companies must come clean about their role in enabling blanket surveillance

Open Rights Group has responded to a report by Channel 4 News that Cable & Wireless allowed GCHQ to scoop up the private communications of millions of people around the world.

Executive Director Jim Killock said: 

“Tech companies are hiding their role in enabling blanket collection. It’s time for them to come clean and tell us how they work with the security services and how much of our data they have shared.  UK warrants are simply not designed to allow everyone’s data to be collected, all of the time. They are meant to permit targeted collection.”

He added: 

“We are being denied a democratic debate. Parliament needs to decide on the limits of the law through a full debate on our broken surveillance regime.”