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British spy agency reported to tap fibre-optic cables

British spy agency reported to tap fibre-optic cables
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New details of cable tapping has been reported by British daily, The Guardian. The report reveals that Britain’s spy agency the GCHQ has tapped fibre-optic cables that carry international phone and internet traffic. It is also sharing large amounts of personal information with the United States National Security Agency. The project has the codename “Tempora”.

The newspaper has been reporting over the past few weeks on top-secret surveillance programmes exposed by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The revelations made by the American citizen have led the United States to charge him with espionage and theft of government documents. He is currently still in hiding in Hong Kong.

The latest story in the Guardian puts more pressure on British prime minister David Cameron to reassure the public about how private data is collected and used.