[ISN] GCHQ spies given immunity from anti-hacking laws

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/11612659/GCHQ-spies-given-immunity-from-anti-hacking-laws.html By Sophie Curtis The Telegraph 18 May 2015 The government has quietly rewritten a key clause of the Computer Misuse Act, giving GCHQ staff, intelligence officers and police immunity from prosecution for hacking into computers and mobile phones. The Computer Misuse Act, which came into effect in 1990, states that gaining unauthorised access to computer material is a criminal offence, punishable by up to 12 months’ imprisonment and a fine. Until recently, any violation of this Act was required to be by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which provides a right to respect for one’s “private and family life, his home and his correspondence”, subject to certain restrictions that are “in accordance with law”. In May 2014, campaign group Privacy International, along with seven internet and communications service providers, filed complaints with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, challenging GCHQ’s hacking activities, (exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013). […]