British secret service: Internet companies must cooperate better




Internet companies need better cooperation with the intelligence. This is suggested by the new director of GCHQ, a British secret service. According to him, the web is widely misused by terrorists, including the relatively new grouping IS.

GCHQ The terrorists Islamtitische State use social media and chat apps like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp widely to reach people, writes the new GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan in an opinion piece in the Financial Times. “The web is a command and control network to become terrorists,” as Hannigan says. “We can not solve these problems without more support from the private sector, including major US technology companies that dominate the web.”

Hannigan says to interfere in part to the ease with which the jihadists of IS images and messages can spread, and how easily that can be found. He sees a problem in the encryption used by the terrorists. According terrorists Hannigan learned from the Snowden-disclosures and apply them resulting in better encryption.

Hannigan presents no concrete measures. However, he writes that ‘privacy is never an absolute right. “I think the customers of Internet companies are better off with a better, more sustainable relationship between those companies and the secret services,” writes Hannigan. Or better relationship will come, is still the question: since the Snowden-disclosures technology companies see themselves prefer not associated with the secret services because they fear customers they no longer trust.


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