Britain announced that the head of GCHQ, the secret eavesdropping agency that has come under scrutiny following leaks by former US analyst Edward Snowden, is to stand down.
The US and UK intelligence agencies use Google`s proprietary cookie technology to track suspects, according to the latest revelations from leaked NSA documents.
Spy agencies across Western Europe are working together on mass surveillance of Internet and phone traffic comparable to programs run by their US counterpart denounced by European governments, Britain`s Guardian newspaper reported.
Britain`s electronic eavesdropping agency has gained secret access to fibre-optic cables carrying global Internet traffic and telephone calls, The Guardian said.
The latest expose on snooping comes just hours ahead of a G8 summit that is due in North Ireland today.
Currently, British agencies can monitor calls and e-mails of specific individuals after obtaining ministerial approval.
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