Court ruling shows mass spying on British people must end

October 17, 2016 4:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Responding to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling today which found that UK security agencies unlawfully collected data of British citizens for over a decade, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

"Allowing the state to collect endless amounts of personal data is not just a gross invasion of a privacy, it is a waste of precious resources.

"Every pound spent monitoring people's emails, text messages and calls is a pound taken away from community policing.

"Mass spying on the British people should be replaced with targeted surveillance of specific individuals suspected of wrongdoing."