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UK Government quietly rewrites law so that GCHQ and other British spy agencies can avoid prosecution for hacking computers | Daily Mail Online

Privacy International launched its challenge asserting the use of malware was illegal in England and Wales under the 1990 CMA. Eric King, the deputy director of the charity, told The Independent: ‘The underhand and undemocratic manner in which the Government is seeking to make lawful GCHQ’s hacking operations is disgraceful.’Hacking is one of the most intrusive surveillance capabilities available to any intelligence agency, and its use and safeguards surrounding it should be the subject of proper debate. ‘Instead, the Government is continuing to neither confirm nor deny the existence of a capability it is clear they have, while changing the law under the radar.’Government sources say the amendment did not alter the law as the enforcement agencies already had powers to hack under the Intelligence Services Act.

via UK Government quietly rewrites law so that GCHQ and other British spy agencies can avoid prosecution for hacking computers | Daily Mail Online.

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