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UK faults tech firm for not alerting authorities before soldier's murder

Loek Essers | Nov. 26, 2014
The U.K. has faulted an unnamed tech company for failing to flag a conversation that played a crucial role in planning the murder of a British soldier.

Online extremism has been a point of worry in Europe, where Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft have been discussing the issue with EU officials who are trying to persuade the companies to do more in the fight against terrorism.

Jim Killock, executive director of the U.K.'s Open Rights Group called the report on the murder "misleading," saying that this should not be an excuse for intelligence agencies to gather even more data on individuals. They need to get back to basics and look at the way they conduct targeted investigations, he said.

"The committee is particularly misleading when it implies that US companies do not cooperate," he said, adding that it is extraordinary to demand that companies proactively monitor private messages on their networks for suspicious material. "Internet companies cannot and must not become an arm of the surveillance state," he said.


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