Privacy International has filed a lawsuit against US government agencies
By Matt Burgess
The Five Eyes surveillance cabal, established at the end of World War 2, includes the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The agreement covers how intelligence is shared. And that’s about all we know about it.
But that could be about to change.
The US government is being sued for information about the deal, officially known as the United Kingdom-United States Communications Intelligence Agreement. UK-based charity Privacy International has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the State Department and the National Archives and Records Administration, which all hold information about the intelligence sharing partnership.
The lawsuit follows requests for details about the partnership under the US Freedom of Information Act. All the government agencies rejected the requests.
The Five Eyes group has existed since 1946 and the last document officially published about it comes from 1955. Since then, vast technological changes have altered how national security bodies collect and store information.
“We hope to find out the current scope and nature of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing agreement – and how much has changed since the 1955 version,” Privacy International legal officer Scarlet Kim tells WIRED. “We’d also like to know the US rules and regulations governing this exchange of information – what safeguards and oversight, if any, exist with respect to these activities?”
The complaint, says Privacy International wants to access the current text of the agreement, how the US government implements it, and the procedures for how intelligence is shared. “These records are of paramount concern because the public lacks even basic information about the Five Eyes alliance,” the document says…Continue Reading →
This article (The US government is being sued for info on the secretive Five Eyes intelligence group) was originally published on Wired UK and syndicated by The Event Chronicle.