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MI5 accused of ‘extraordinary and persistent illegality’

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Agency has been obtaining surveillance warrants based on false information, high court told
MI5 has lost control of its data storage operations and has been obtaining surveillance warrants on the basis of information it knows to be false, the high court has heard.
The security agency has been accused of “extraordinary and persistent illegality” in a legal challenge brought by the human rights organisation Liberty. The failures have been identified by the official watchdog, the Investigatory Powers Commissioner, Sir Adrian Fulford, and admitted in outline by the home secretary, Sajid Javid. The full extent of the problems within MI5 began to become apparent in disclosures made public at the hearing on Tuesday. The revelations relate to bulk interceptions of data acquired through surveillance and hacking programmes and downloaded to its computers.The agency has a duty to ensure that such material is not held longer than required or copied more often than needed. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/11/mi5-in-court-accused-of-extraordinary-and-persistent-illegality

Author : Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent

Publish date : 2019-06-11 11:33:51

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