Always Watching

GCHQ is the Government Communications Headquarters, near Cheltenham. This is a British intelligence agency, responsible for information assurance and signals intelligence for the Government and Armed Forces. It has recently become apparent that searches or messages entered on US based sites could be intercepted and monitored by GCHQ, since they can be considered external communication. This includes sites such as Google, Twitter and Facebook. To note, email messages are treated as internal communications and as such are apparently not monitored by GCHQ.

Mr Farr, who is the Director General of the Office of Security, remarked that this monitoring was necessary to help combat international terrorism. He claimed that only a very small amount of data would be looked at. He also assured that anything trivial would be quickly forgotten by analysts.

It seems we are monitored in everything we do and we may be losing more freedoms as a consequence.

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