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UK debate grows over 'Orwellian' NSA and GCHQ surveillance

The Guardian
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Nicholas Watt, Stuart Millar and Nick Hopkins
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Eric King, head of research at Privacy International, said: "Andrew Parker is right: the UK isn't East Germany. While the Stasi had files on one in three East Germans, the communications of almost everybody in the UK are being intercepted and stored as part of GCHQ's Tempora programme. Our security agencies' continued insistence that they are not prying, while every week new mass surveillance programmes are being revealed, is offensive to the public's intelligence."