(PRWEB UK) 5 June 2014
GCHQ stands for Government Communications Headquarters. This is the British intelligence agency responsible for providing information and intelligence communication to the British armed forces and government. GCHQ has come under criticism lately for some of the ways it carries out surveillance. The Telegraph article “GCHQ faces legal challenge over smartphone snooping” from 13th May 2014 by Sophie Curtis reports that the intelligence agency has been accused of using hacking tools. It is alleged that these tools have been used to remotely hijack camera and audio functions on computers and smartphones, without the consent of users.
The Telegraph article reported that Privacy International, a group dedicated to preserving human rights, has filed a legal complaint against this alleged use of surveillance hacking techniques. Privacy International claims that GCHQ has no lawful right or authority to carry out hacking activities and that this is against human rights. Eric King from Privacy International stated that these hacking techniques were similar to the “government entering your house, rummaging through your filing cabinets, diaries, journals and correspondence, before planting bugs in every room you enter.” King went on to say that intelligence agencies carry out these surveillance techniques without users knowing about it, and that this was “Unrestrained, unregulated Government spying”.
It was revealed by the Telegraph article “GCHQ faces legal challenge over smartphone snooping” from 13th May 2014 by Sophie Curtis reports that these alleged hacking activities by GCHQ came to light after documents were leaked by a whistleblower, Edward Snowden. These documents also implicated the NSA in suspect hacking surveillance activities. Privacy International works actively to fight against violations of the right to privacy under the European Convention on Human Rights.
In this modern age of the Internet and smartphones, it has become more difficult than ever to protect your privacy. Many people welcome this invasion into their personal lives, and enjoy making details of their lives and social interactions public on media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. However London Private Detectives (http://www. london-privatedetectives.co.uk) warns that it does not pay to expose too much of your private life to public view. Chief investigator Christine Alexander reveals that “criminals and fraudsters have become extremely proficient at using even basic personal details such as your name, telephone number and address to their own advantage.” Christine goes on to say “you do need to protect your privacy, and keep your personal information as confidential as possible. This information could be used in a number of criminal ways including financial fraud, identity theft and even highly serious crimes like human trafficking, if it falls into the wrong hands.”
Contact London Private Investigators now if you have concerns about protecting your privacy. Christine is available to speak to you now on 020 7125 0053