Britain rejects EU watchdog plan to probe data-gathering practices

from The UK has rejected a call from an EU watchdog to probe how security
agencies intercept metadata.
Documents divulged by Edward Snowden
revealed the covert practices of British spy body GCHQ in what has been
described as “breach of fundamental rights.”

UK newspaper the Guardian reported that Britain sought to
“disassociate itself” from a Council of Europe draft
resolution urging an investigation into data gathering
techniques. The European watchdog is currently holding a
conference in the Serbian capital of Belgrade entitled ‘Freedom
of Expression and Democracy in the Digital Age’ which seeks to
ensure intelligence gathering practices abide by the European
Convention on Human Rights.

To this end the Council has produced a report entitled ‘Political
Declaration and Resolutions’, outlining recommendations to
safeguard against “abuse which may undermine or even destroy

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