A leak of government documents suggests that the British spy agency GCHQ is monitoring, collecting, and processing data from millions of British citizens.
In a press release on Tuesday, the Non-Governmental Organization Privacy International suggests that GCHQ has gained access to the databases of private social media agencies (Bulk Personal Datasets and Bulk Communications Data)..
Moreover, it appears that GCHQ was acting without the knowledge of its supervising authority (the Investigatory Powers Commissioner).
It remains unclear what aspects of private communication was the spy agency monitoring, collecting, and processing. However, these seem to include categories such as “biographical details”, “commercial and financial activities,” “communications,” “travel data,” and “legally privileged communications.”
What’s more worrying, there is evidence to suggest some of this data was shared with third parties, including foreign governments.