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Clegg Calls For New U.K. Spying Rules After Snowden Revelations

March 04, 2014

U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said new rules for spy agencies “fit for the Internet age” need to be developed following months of leaks from former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Clegg warned that the reports from Snowden would be “corrosive” to trust in security agencies unless they were addressed. “We shouldn’t be afraid if that means greater openness and reform,” he said in a speech in London. “People are starting to question the uses to which data are put.”

The latest report based on Snowden’s documents came Feb. 28, when the Guardian newspaper reported that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, intercepted and stored images of millions of Yahoo Inc. (YHOO:US) webcam-chat users in a program code-named Optic Nerve.

Clegg said oversight of the intelligence services should be strengthened, and the government should be clearer about the rules that govern them. His Liberal Democrat Party will put forward proposals ahead of the 2015 general election, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Hutton in London at rhutton1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alan Crawford at acrawford6@bloomberg.net


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