Now, How is that okay?
The British spying nerve center GCHQ has won a major court case in defense of the agency's persistent hacking programs.
GCHQ Admitted its Hacking Practices
"The use of computer network exploitation by GCHQ, now avowed, has obviously raised a number of serious questions, which we have done our best to resolve in this Judgment.
Plainly it again emphasises the requirement for a balance to be drawn between the urgent need of the Intelligence Agencies to safeguard the public and the protection of an individual's privacy and/or freedom of expression."
GCHQ's Hacking Power
- Installed malware
- Remotely turned ON cameras and microphone
- Installed Keylogger that records every pressed key on a keyboard
- Tracked suspects' locations via GPS
- Remotely stole documents from target devices
The group will be challenging the decision on the grounds that it fragmented the European Convention on Human Rights when it comes to spying people within but outside of the UK.
"This case exposed not only these secret practices but also the undemocratic manner in which the Government sought to backdate powers to do this under the radar," Scarlet Kim, legal officer at London-based Privacy International said in a statement.
"Just because the Government magically produces guidelines for hacking should not legitimize this practice."
British Foreign Secretary: Ruling is Fair
"Once again, the law and practice around our Security and Intelligence Agencies’ capabilities and procedures have been scrutinized by an independent body and been confirmed to be lawful and proportionate," Hammond said.