UK spy agency GCHQ 'worse' than US, says Snowden

Saturday 22 June 2013 | 11:15 CET | News
UK spy agency GCHQ has been running an extensive communications monitoring programme, codenamed Tempora, for 18 months, and its database is accessible by 850,000 NSA staff and US private contractors with top secret clearance, the Guardian reports. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked documents and told the newspaper that GCHQ "are worse" than the US, and the UK "has a big dog in this fight", according to the report. GCHQ is reportedly able to store huge volumes of metadata collected from international fibre cables carrying calls and internet traffic for 30 days for sifting and analysis.

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