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Surveillance Of U.K. Citizens On Social Sites Legal When Justified

Although it was previously believed that the interception of communications on social sites in the U.K. was covered by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, a 48-page statement issued in response to legal challenges brought by Privacy International, Liberty, Amnesty international and seven other civil liberties groups shows otherwise. Charles Farr, the director general of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, now admits that the government allows the interception of online activities without a warrant. It turns out the interception and surveillance of U.K. citizen activities on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google is legal. James Vincent explains.

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