UK Spies Say They're Dropping Bulk Data Collection For Bulk Equipment Interference | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


UK Spies Say They're Dropping Bulk Data Collection For Bulk Equipment Interference

UK spies are changing their minds. Rapidly. Sure, bulk data collection is cool. But you know what's really cool? Mass interference with electronic devices.

At the time the Investigatory Powers Bill was passing through Parliament – it was signed into law in 2016 – EI [Electronic Interference] hadn't been used, but it was already seen an alternative to bulk interception.

However, it was expected to be authorised through targeted or targeted thematic warrants; as then-independent reviewer of terrorism David Anderson wrote at the time, "bulk EI is likely to be only sparingly used".

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During the passage of the Investigatory Powers legislation, he said, the government anticipated bulk EI warrants would be "the exception", and "be limited to overseas 'discovery' based EI operations".

But with encryption increasingly commonplace, the spies want the exception to edge towards becoming the rule.

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