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European Parliament accused U.K., France, Germany and Sweden of wide-scale telecomm surveillance during decades.

European Security News.- European Parliament

European Security News.- European Parliament

The European Parliament’s research department has found that four out of five member states surveyed carry out wide-scale telecommunications surveillance.

In a report released on Friday the department revealed that the U.K., France, Germany and Sweden all engaged in bulk collection of data. The Netherlands, which was also examined, has not done so, so far, but is engaged in setting up an agency for that purpose.

The report notes that although surveillance has been carried out for decades, there is no room for complacency because the amount of data currently available is so large. It says the current surveillance programs “go largely beyond what was called before targeted surveillance or a non-centralised and heterogeneous assemblage of forms of surveillance.”

The U.K. leads the European surveillance field and is the only country to come close to the scale of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), the report says.

In the U.K., the Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) receives approximately £1 billion (US$1.6 billion) annually and has a staff of 6,000. READ MORE HERE