Intelligence agencies urging UK government to weaken surveillance laws

01/08/2023 | The Guardian

UK intelligence agencies are pushing for a relaxation of surveillance laws that limit their ability to train AI models with personal data, arguing that the rules are “burdensome”. GCHQ, MI6 and MI5 want to make it easier to use certain types of data by relaxing privacy safeguards introduced after the disclosures made by Edward Snowden about intrusive state surveillance. Intelligence agencies are increasingly using AI to analyse large quantities of data. The agencies want to relax rules on bulk personal datasets (BPDs), which may contain sensitive information that they use to identify potential terrorists and informants. The proposed changes were put to David Anderson, a senior barrister and member of the House of Lords after the Home Office commissioned him to conduct an independent review of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA) earlier this year.

The UK government published David Anderson's review of the IPA in June. 

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