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NSA whistleblower: ‘UK mass surveillance may cost lives’


Plans to legitimatize mass surveillance and give security services unfettered access to Britons’ data may end up costing lives, a former technical director for the NSA will tell a parliamentary select committee reviewing the legislation.

William Binney, who resigned from the NSA in 2001 after 36 years with the agency, will present evidence against provisions in Home Secretary Theresa May’s Investigatory Powers Bill. While targeted collection of data does work, indiscriminate bulk collection “undermines security,”he will say.