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Revealed: UK's mass surveillance of Facebook, Google and Twitter accounts

Revealed: UK's mass surveillance of Facebook, Google and Twitter accounts
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Looks like the NSA isn't the only one spying on its country's citizens.

Intelligence officials in the UK were forced to justify spying on all of its citizens' Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google accounts. That's right, ALL of its citizens with those online accounts are monitored through a program called TEMPORA.

The disclosure comes from Charles Farr, the Director General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, after several civil liberties groups banded together to challenge this policy and to make these findings public.

So how does the UK get away with this type of surveillance? A tiny loophole and vagueness, of course.

The secret policy outlined by Farr defines almost all communications via Facebook and other social networking sites, as well as webmail services Hotmail and Yahoo and web searches via Google, to be ‘external communications’ because they use web-based ‘platforms’ based in the US.

By defining the use of ‘platforms’ such as Facebook, Twitter and Google as ‘external communications’, British residents are being deprived of the essential safeguards that would otherwise be applied to their communications - simply because they are using services that are based outside the UK.

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