Sheffield MP and former Home Secretary David Blunkett has spoken out about allegations UK spies used data about individuals’ internet use from US secret service agencies.
Claims have been made that GCHQ staff used information from internet service providers collected via the US Government’s Prism – in a way which would not be lawful without a minister’s permission if gathered in the UK.
Brightside and Hillsborough MP Mr Blunkett said in the Commons: “Can we take a closer look at how other agencies, including the National Security Agency and our friends and colleagues in the US, use material gathered from network and service providers, and offer it, rather than having it sought from them, in a way that makes authorisation extremely difficult?”
Rotherham-born Foreign Secretary William Hague responded saying British laws did not allow for ‘indiscriminate trawling’ for information without a warrant.
He said: “There is no danger of a deep state out of control.”