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Employees of the UK’s security and intelligence services – Mi5, Mi6 and GCHQ – have been fired for inappropriately accessing personal data acquired through bulk surveillance operations, according to a new report from Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee. ‘Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework‘ [PDF link] was released today and is the first comprehensive review of the UK’s surveillance capabilities by MPs. It reveals how the intelligence agencies gather Bulk Personal Datasets – large databases containing personal information about a wide range of people – and how those resources have been apparently been abused by some employees. The report…

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