Bulk Data Collection Needed To Fight Terror: UK Watchdog

Law360, New York (August 19, 2016, 3:12 PM EDT) -- Britain’s terrorism watchdog said that the nation’s spies should be allowed to continue intercepting and collecting foreign communications in bulk, according to a new report published on Friday, which concluded that such surveillance powers carry “a clear operational purpose.”

Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation David Anderson studied the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters’ so-called bulk interception powers and found that there was no viable alternative to countering espionage and fighting terror attacks as effective as harvesting data en masse.

The reported concluded that compared to alternative methods such as targeted interception, “the bulk interception power has proven itself to be of vital...

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