The highly secretive British intelligence service MI5 has been accused of rampant spying on its own citizens as well as countless acts of extreme illegality in front of a high court in England. As the Telegraph reports:
Liberty said it involved the “mass collection of data of innocent citizens.” Megan Goulding, a lawyer for the civil rights group, said: “MI5 have been holding on to people’s data – ordinary people’s data, your data, my data – illegally for many years.
“Not only that, they’ve been trying to keep their really serious errors secret – secret from the security services watchdog, who’s supposed to know about them, secret from the Home Office, secret from the prime minister and secret from the public.”
Among the large amounts of data which can be collected by MI5 under the Investigatory Powers Act are individuals’ location data, calls, messages and web browsing history.As well as “bulk data” collection, which can include information about ordinary members of the public, MI5 can use targeted interceptions of communications and computer hacking for investigations such as counter-terrorism.