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GCHQ chief says digital privacy is not an 'absolute right' for users

Don't expect the GCHQ to change its course on snooping and surveillance, with new chief saying privacy was never an "absolute right" for users.

Published Tue, Nov 4 2014 3:30 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has a new leader, and not surprisingly, he believes privacy isn't an "absolute right" for Internet users. Robert Hannigan believes governments and technology companies need a "new deal" that can be used "in the area of protecting our citizens," and added that "privacy has never been an absolute right" on the Internet.

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Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed widespread surveillance campaigns by the NSA and the GCHQ, much to the dismay to security experts on both sides of the pond.

The European Union says privacy actually is an ingrained right for Internet users, and governments should act legally and ethically when conducting any surveillance operations.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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