THE OPEN RIGHTS GROUP (ORG) has been quick to express concerns that the new American president, a known reactionary blowhard, now runs the US National Security Agency (NSA) and will therefore work closely with GCHQ.
We all are concerned, to be honest, but the ORG carries more weight in this area and regularly challenges GCHQ's actions.
Trump wants to do things like build physical walls to keep 'troublemakers' out, and the ORG is worried that he will abuse his national security powers. Which he might.
"The US election has massive implications for the British public as both countries' intelligence agencies are so closely integrated," said ORG executive director Jim Killock.
"The Snowden leaks showed us how GCHQ carries out work for the NSA and how the latter's operatives can access GCHQ surveillance programmes.
"The integration of the NSA and GCHQ puts into question the UK's ability to have proper oversight of the surveillance of its citizens.
"The UK is dependent on US technology and data to such an extent that it is unlikely that we could separate our intelligence capabilities even if we wanted to."
Killock added that the UK is likely to be the subservient partner in what has become known as the 'special relationship'.
"Whilst the ‘special relationship' has always been perceived to be in the UK's interests, our politicians need to consider its implications in the age of bulk data collection and surveillance," he added.
The ORG has urged people to join the organisation and get more involved in the protection of their own rights.
It has a point. If GCHQ had its way we would shout all of our personal business into a big tube so that it can pumped into the agency's offices. µ
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