INTERNET SURVEILLANCE WHISTLEBLOWER Edward Snowden has revealed more about the scale of the UK version of US National Security Agency (NSA) PRISM snooping, the Tempora Project.
Snowden told the German newspaper Der Spiegel that nothing passes over the internet in the UK that doesn't go through Tempora. The system collects it all and gives it to the NSA.
"It snarfs everything, in a rolling buffer to allow retroactive investigation without missing a single bit," he explained.
If you send anything over the internet "and it routes through the UK, we [NSA] get it," he said.
"As a general rule, so long as you have any choice at all, you should never route through or peer with the UK under any circumstances."
The UK and US are not the only countries where there are snooping systems, according to Snowden, and he said that there are similar systems at work in Germany.
GCHQ has commented on such systems before, but only in a roundabout way. When The INQUIRER asked GCHQ whether Tempora had been used to snoop on human rights group Liberty, it neither confirmed nor denied it.
"All GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that its activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the Secretary of State, the Interception and Intelligence Services Commissioners and the Intelligence and Security Committee," said a GCHQ spokesperson. µ