Britain has “completely useless” processes to protect its citizens from spying practices of intelligence agencies such as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a senior Conservative MP has warned.
Former Conservative party leadership contender David Davis said at a session of the House of Commons on the PRISM spying software and recent revelations of GCHQ tapping of global communications including in Britain that the amount of data GCHQ has reportedly gathered shows Britons are little protected against communications tapping.
“The supervision procedures are completely useless – not just weak, but completely useless,” he said at the committee event.
“What Tempora has done is raise a red flag that we have to rethink, from scratch, all the oversight arrangements we have,” he added.
The Guardian revealed on June 21 that GCHQ has been secretly accessing the network of cables, which carry the world’s phone calls and internet traffic and is sharing the data with its American counterpart the National Security Agency (NSA) under an operation codename Tempora.
The paper said GCHQ is potentially spying on 600 million “telephone events” on a daily basis.
Davis also slammed the spy agencies saying even MPs are being informed of the matter through whistleblowers while it is not clear why the agencies are passing so much information to their US counterparts.
He added the British government could be cooperating with the US in return for data gathered by the American spy agencies on British citizens.
Davis further stressed the sunny side of the GCHQ revelations is that the so-called snoopers’ charter, that allows the spy agencies to target suspected individuals at will, has now a good chance of being voted down by MPs.
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