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PM should brief Intelligence and Security Committee on what Ministers know and should ask Intelligence and Security Committee to report on UK's relationship with Prism programme

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to reports that GCHQ have had access to the Prism programme of the NSA in the USA, said:

"In the light of these media reports, the Prime Minister should brief the Intelligence and Security Committee on what Ministers know and should ask the Intelligence and Security Committee to report on the UK's relationship with the Prism programme, the nature of intelligence being gathered, the extent of UK oversight by Ministers and others, and the level of safeguards and compliance with the law.

“It is important for the UK intelligence community to be able to gather information from abroad including from the United States particularly in the vital counter terror work they do.

"However there also have to be legal safeguards in place, including proper protection for British citizens’ privacy, proper oversight and checks and balances to make sure intelligence powers are not misused. And the public need confidence that their privacy is being properly respected and protected. 

“That is why the Prime Minister, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary, and all the intelligence agencies should provide full information to the Intelligence and Security Committee as swiftly as possible, and the ISC should have full support to pursue this and report.”

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