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Intelligence report branded 'clueless' by Liberty director

Shami Chakrabarti calls ISC report "clueless" Credit: PA Archive

The director of human rights campaign group Liberty said that the Parliament report into intelligence agency snooping is "ineffective" and "clueless".

Shami Chakrabarti said that the Intelligence and Security Committee is a "mouthpiece for the spooks" and that agencies have acted unlawfully.

The ISC has repeatedly shown itself as a simple mouthpiece for the spooks - so clueless and ineffective that it's only thanks to Edward Snowden that it had the slightest clue of the agencies' antics.

The Committee calls this report a landmark for 'openness and transparency' - but how do we trust agencies who have acted unlawfully, hacked the world's largest sim card manufacturer and developed technologies capable of collecting our login details and passwords, manipulating our mobile devices and hacking our computers and webcams?

No doubt it would be simpler if we went along with the spies' motto of 'no scrutiny for us, no privacy for you' - but what an appalling deal for the British public.

– Shami Chakrabarti

Blears: 'Intelligence agencies should be open and transparent'

Hazel Blears MP Credit: PA Wire

Speaking on behalf of the Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, Hazel Blears MP said that security and intelligence agencies are "not exempt" from openness and transparency.

She said that the ISC report is the first step toward greater transparency after it revealed that the current legal framework is "unnecessarily complicated".

There is a legitimate public expectation of openness and transparency in today's society, and the security and intelligence agencies are not exempt from that.

While we accept that they need to operate in secret if they are to be able to protect us from those who are plotting in secret to harm us, the Government must make every effort to ensure that information is placed in the public domain when it is safe to do so.

This report is an important first step toward greater transparency.

Nevertheless, there is more that could and should be done. This is essential to improve public understanding and retain confidence in the vital work of the intelligence and security Agencies.

– Hazel Blears MP


GCHQ 'read thousands of private communications a day'

GCHQ intercepts and reads thousands of private communications a day, a report has found. Credit: PA Wire

GCHQ spies read thousands of private communications each day by using bulk interception methods, a long-awaited report has revealed.

Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee said that that analysts at the security organisation collect "large numbers of items", but added that they have all been "targeted in some way".

The Committee said the "incidental" collection of some innocent communications was "unavoidable", but insisted only exchanges involving suspected criminals or national security targets were deliberately chosen for examination.

The report, which was heavily redacted, said only a tiny percentage of internet traffic is selected for reading by GCHQ analysts, but added that this still amounts to several thousand items a day.


Apple Watch details revealed at launch

Apple Watch Credit: Apple

Apple Watch buyers can customise and change the face of the watch.

Users can add weather, a calender date and can ever check their heart rate.

They can receive calls to their phones with a built-in speaker and microphone.

See who’s calling without having to reach for your phone. Credit: Apple

They can also connect Apple Watch to Apple Watch with a new technology called digital touch.

The watch tracks the user's daily movements and even reminds them if they've been sitting too long.

Apple Watch encourages you to sit less. Credit: Apple

It will also send reminders to remind wearers to be more active, and will send them a report of how they did the previous week.

"It's like having a coach on your wrist," Tim Cook, Apple CEO says at the launch in San Francisco.

Apple launch lightest ever MacBook

The new Macbook Credit: Apple

Apple has announced its lightest ever MacBook.

The notebook, which weighs just two pounds and is 13.1mm at its thickest point, is its first fanless Macbook and will be available in silver, space grey or gold.

Apple said it is "the most extreme and efficient" notebook they have ever created.

It has a longer battery life providing up to nine hours of web browsing.

The MacBook was announced at the launch event of the Apple Watch in San Francisco.

It will cost 1,599 US dollars (£1,057) and shipping will begin on April 10, Apple said.

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