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UK spies did not misuse powers for mass surveillance, watchdog says

Loek Essers | April 9, 2014
British intelligence agencies do not misuse their powers to engage in random mass intrusion into the communications of law-abiding U.K. citizens, a government watchdog said in an annual report.

Home Secretary Theresa May said in an emailed statement: "It makes clear the intelligence agencies, law enforcement agencies and other public authorities operate lawfully, conscientiously and in the national interest and, importantly, do not engage in indiscriminate and random mass surveillance." She added that communications data is "vital" in helping to keep the public safe


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