William Hague: Law-abiding Britons have nothing to fear from GCHQ

Only terrorists, criminals and spies should fear secret activities of the British and US intelligence agencies, the Foreign Secretary has insisted.

William Hague is due to appear before the House of Commons on Monday in an attempt to allay concerns about the US National Security Agency’s scheme, codenamed Prism, which allows it to mine data from Facebook and other internet companies. While he will offer reassuring words, it is unlikely that Mr Hague will offer MPs much by way of hard information. In an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Mr Hague refused to say whether the British government knew of the existence of Prism before it emerged last week.

SOURCE: independent.co.uk