Handful of UK spies accessed private information inappropriately, report says

Spies have been dismissed and disciplined for inappropriately accessing private information on citizens in recent years, the intelligence and security committee (ISC) report on privacy has found.

The report reveals a small number of staff at the intelligence agencies misused their surveillance powers, but it is not specific about how the information was wrongly accessed.

“Deliberate abuse of access to GCHQ’s systems would constitute gross misconduct (depending on the circumstances) – to date there has only been one case where GCHQ have dismissed a member of staff for misusing access to GCHQ’s systems,”the report states.


Country: UK

Domains: Privacy

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: intelligence agencies, GCHQ, report, UK, surveillance, spying, privacy

Posted on Thursday 12 March 2015

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