Intelligence Gathering Should Never Be a Role for Private Companies

#Privacy

Thu, Nov 27th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In response to intelligence agencies claiming that internet companies are a "safe haven for terrorists" because they do not identify and report threats, TechFruit counter argues that unless a warrant is provided, social media sites should not be expected to spy on their users.

[...] before any criminal or terrorist act has been committed, neither Facebook nor any other communications company should be actively monitoring any users unless issued with a judge-sanctioned warrant. If the police or intelligence services are unable to obtain a warrant because their evidence is too speculative, then it is certainly not for private companies to spy on their users.

The intelligence agencies generally do a good job of protecting the British public from terror attacks, and their actions in doing so should be commended – but when they have an intelligence failure, as in the case of Rigby’s murder, then they should accept the blame. [...]

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