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British Citizens Can be Snooped on If Sites are External to the U.K.

A legal challenge from civil liberties groups around the world against the United Kingdom's intelligence services, including the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), over mass surveillance has yielded some interesting insight into the perceived legality of the practice. On June 17, Privacy International published the witness statement of Charles Farr, director general of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at the United Kingdom's Home Office.

Farr's statement reveals the British policy and justification for mass surveillance of Internet users in that country. Mass surveillance is generally not something that would be allowed under British law without a warrant, but Farr's statement indicates that the rules differ when the communications go outside the United Kingdom.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
U.K. Monitors Britons That Use Google, Facebook, Twitter

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.