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British spooks admit to ‘unlawfully’ collecting data on privacy advocates

MI5 admitted to spying on Privacy International (PI) using illegal surveillance powers on 25 September. And the advocacy group says GCHQ and the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also known as MI6, have too. - Mohamed Elmaazi, The Canary; 26 September 2018

The admission came at a tribunal investigating complaints against public authorities that “have unlawfully used covert techniques and infringed our right to privacy”. The group, which campaigns for privacy protections, is challenging MI5, GCHQ and the SIS at the tribunal.

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