Recently GCHQ admitted that it can get hold of NSA surveillance data without a warrant. A court document was released which contradicts their assertion that there had been no mass surveillance with US agencies in order to circumvent British law. Recent figures also show that the coalition has more than doubled the amount of times that government agencies have been signed off to spy, from 2,813 requests in 2010 to 6,056 requests in 2013. Edward Snowden has suggested there is less regulation in the UK around spying, with GCHQ basically able ‘to do anything they want’ – but former GCHQ director Sir Ian Lobban tells us not to worry, as the people at GCHQ are just like you and me, and would rather ‘walk out the door than be involved in anything resembling mass surveillance.’

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