Verizon, BT, and Vodafone reportedly assisted UK’s massive Tempora spying effort


In June, The Guardian reported that Tempora — the surveillance program that is essentially the UK’s version of PRISM — was tapping into undersea fiber-optic lines to access massive amounts of emails, social-media posts, video chats, and other online data. On Friday, the German newspaper Süddeutsche published a new story that claims Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) executed the spying program with the help of Verizon, BT, and Vodafone. In the process, these telecommunications companies and others have reportedly given the UK intelligence agency unrestricted access to the data that passes through their fiber-optic cables.

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