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British Minister Supported the Right of the Intelligence Services to Monitor Citizens

06/11/2015 - 16:52

British Interior Minister Theresa May, speaking in the House of Commons with a special appeal, supported by Anderson, said that "the government should carefully consider these proposals."
British Interior Minister Theresa May supported the view that intelligence agencies should have the access to the mass surveillance of citizens, if it is necessary to provide security.

The Minister supported the report of the independent expert David Anderson released Thursday, in which he defended the right of the security services, including police and a massive collection of data, which, he said, should continue. "The mass gathering of data is useful ... If it had not occurred, we would be less protected," - said Anderson to Sky News, recommending to change the relevant legislation, as "no one understands" the current.

Britain's Interior Minister, speaking in the House of Commons with a special appeal, supported by Anderson, said that "the government should carefully consider these proposals."

- It is impossible to maintain a balance between the right for privacy and security. We have to take into account that the country faces significant threats, - she said.

According to her, the British are threatened not only by terrorism, but also by industrial, governmental and military espionage and organized crime. "In the face of these threats, we must ensure agencies whose work is to protect us, with the powers they need to do their job," - said May.

She recalled that the government will prepare and will publish the relevant bill, which bears the name of anti-terroristic, in the autumn.

- It will be necessary to have a new law came into force before the end of 2016, - said the minister.

Previously, the channel Sky News investigation revealed that the UK installed cell towers, with which it is possible to carry out users wiretapping without their knowledge.

British law enforcement authorities refused to comment on the detection of this equipment.

- We're not going to talk about it. I do not see any reason to talk about this kind of things,- said Police spokesman Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Previously, the newspaper The Times, citing an anonymous source reported that London police uses technology similar to that the TV channel had found. According to The Guardian, in 2009, Scotland Yard spent more than 144 thousand pounds for the purchase of equipment for surveillance.

Director General of the National Agency of the criminal Keith Bristow also refused to comment on reports about the settings, said: "Frankly, some of what we have to do is intervention, this is uncomfortable, but it is important that we do so openly and admit that we have to make difficult choices."

According to the channel, the tracking devices are commonly used by law enforcement authorities in order to track criminals. However, devices also collect information from all mobile phones in the vicinity, which actually means spying on innocent users.

It was known about the use of such devices in other countries before, IMSI-catcher so far have not been established but in the UK. For three months, he found more than 20 stations in London.

Today, IMSI-catchers can be purchased on the Internet for around 1,000 pounds, which, according to the channel, increases the likelihood of the use of these devices by foreign governments, private companies and criminals to steal personal data of citizens of the United Kingdom.