Tech firms know more about us than any spy agency - ex-GCHQ chief

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 09/10/2019 18:10

Big internet firms know more about the lives of private individuals than any intelligence agency ever has and that is a dangerous threat to democracy, the former head of the spy agency GCHQ has said.

David Omand was at the centre of British intelligence for decades, beginning his career at GCHQ after he graduated from Cambridge in 1969 and becoming its director from 1996-97.

At the Cheltenham literature festival on Tuesday, where he was promoting his new book exploring the ethics of spying, he suggested that people should be more concerned about what companies such as Facebook and Google know about us than the state.

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