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Europe Data Protection Digest | GCHQ to increase large-scale data hacking Related reading: Getting acclimated with updated SCCs

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In a move that is likely to be considered highly controversial, U.K. intelligence agencies have determined it is necessary to increase their use of large-scale data hacking, the Guardian reports. In a letter from Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime Ben Wallace to Intelligence and Security Committee Chair Dominic Grieve, Wallace noted that due to “current operational and technical realities, GCHQ [has]… determined that it will be necessary to conduct a higher proportion of ongoing overseas focused operational activity using the bulk EI regime than was originally envisaged.” Liberty Policy and Campaigns Officer Hannah Couchman said, “This is really alarming to hear because at the time [when the legislation was passing through Parliament] there were really robust assurances that these would be sparingly used.”
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