Dutch hosting provider sues British secret service




Together with seven other organizations and companies, the Dutch hosting provider Host Green filed a lawsuit against the British secret service GCHQ. The providers want GCHQ stop infiltrating networks.

GCHQ Green Host spans the matter of including the American charitable organization hosting Riseup, the Chaos Computer Club and Privacy International. “The attacks on GCHQ hosting providers are not only illegal, but also destructive,” the organization said in a statement. “They bring harm to the security and privacy of every internet user.” The hosting provider is referring to revelations include NSA journalist Glenn Greenwald and Der Spiegel, which showed that the British secret service broke into hosting and telecom providers.

“We have a lot of vulnerable customers,” says Douwe Schmidt of Green Host. “For example, we host the anonymous whistleblower platform Publeaks and we cooperate with Free Press Unlimited., We also host many news organizations in the Horn of Africa.” When the British Secret Service would have broken into the hosting provider and security holes have arisen, as it may have serious consequences, says Schmidt. “Then would leak sources, and are you talking about human lives that could be in danger.” There is no evidence that it actually happened.

The complaint was filed by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the British legal body that deals with complaints about the intelligence. “We do not estimate our chances very big”, says Schmidt. “Last year, the tribunal hundred complaints, and it took only six in treatment.” If the charges are not taken into consideration, then make the organizations going to the European Court of Justice.


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