GCHQ surveillance powers greater than first thought

Campaign group, Privacy International, has released court papers detailing the surveillance powers of the GCHQ, revealing they are far greater than most citizens are aware. The intelligence agency has the ability to hack into and access anyone's computer, phone, or other communication device, anywhere in the world, even without justified national security concerns.

As part of its legal challenge against the British government's state-sponsored surveillance, Privacy International was able to obtain the court document, online news sources report.

“The government has been deep in the hacking business for nearly a decade, yet they have never once been held accountable for their actions,” deputy director of Privacy International, Eric King, told reporters.

“This suspicions hacking must come to an end and the activities of our intelligence agencies must be brought under the rule of law,” King said.

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