UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation

The UK’s electronic eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, has been secretly gathering intelligence from the world’s biggest internet companies through a covertly run operation set up by America’s top spy agency, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.The documents show that GCHQ, based in Cheltenham, has had access to the system since at least June 2010, and generated 197 intelligence reports from it last year. see:GCHQ Prism spying claims: Labour urges PM to launch investigation
Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to launch an investigation into allegations that Britain’s electronic listening post GCHQ has been gathering data through a secret US spy programme.Labour’s Keith Vaz said the claims were “chilling” and shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper demanded an inquiry., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program
The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley., privacy advocates call for investigation into PRISM
The backlash against the PRISM surveillance program, which The Washington Post reported gives the U.S. government a direct pipeline to data from major consumer technology companies — is in full force, with several groups calling for a full Congressional investigation of the program.Companies reported to be a part of the program include Apple, Google and Facebook. Several of the tech firms have denied participating in or even knowing about PRISM. Valley through the NSA prism
The Obama administration on Thursday defended the National Security Agency’s need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Then there are the startups, which have taken on the practice, for the purposes of managing server loads, of selectively offering invites and giving only a small group access to their shiny new toys. And then there are the venture capitalists who keep a veil of secrecy in place to hide their future investment plans, which represent potentially billions of dollars worth in competitive advantage. ministers challenged over GCHQ’s access to covert US operation
Ministers are under mounting pressure to explain whether they authorised GCHQ to gather intelligence on Britons from the world’s biggest internet companies via a covertly run operation set up by America’s top spy agency.MPs, academics and campaign groups rounded on the government after the Guardian disclosed that GCHQ, the UK’s electronic eavesdropping and security headquarters, had been supplied with information from the top secret system.

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