The UK government’s legal justification for mass surveillance of the internet risks undermining public confidence in the intelligence services, a former Conservative security minister has warned.
Speaking at a debate in University College London, Lady Neville-Jones, who has chaired Whitehall’s joint intelligence committee, backed calls for the law governing surveillance, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to be tightened up.
Neville-Jones, who served as security and counter-terrorism minister between 2010 and 2011, is normally a staunch defender of the way the security services operate.
Earlier this week an explanation of the legal basis on which GCHQ, the monitoring agency, intercepts emails as well as searches on Google, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, was published.
[Source: theguardian.com,Thursday 19 June 2014]