GCHQ spy centre falls foul of law – over environmental permit

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UK’s surveillance centre’s data store has backup generators that are being used unlawfully

The UK government’s internet surveillance centre, GCHQ, may be aware of many things, but the need for an environmental permit for its backup power generators is not among them. The site’s generators do not have the necessary paperwork and so are being run unlawfully, it has been revealed.

GCHQ – Government Communications Headquarters – in Cheltenham is the secret services’ listening station and in 2013 Edward Snowden revealed to the Guardian the vast amount of data it harvests from fibre-optic internet cables. As a result, GCHQ’s data centre is one of the largest in the UK.

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