UK: Lee Rigby murder: Facebook could have picked up killer’s message - report - Intelligence committee chair calls Facebook a ‘safe haven for terrorists’ but rights groups warn of creeping state surveillance


See: Lee Rigby murder: Facebook could have picked up killer’s message - report - Intelligence committee chair calls Facebook a ‘safe haven for terrorists’ but rights groups warn of creeping state surveillance (Guardian, link): "Isabella Sankey, director of policy for the civil rights group Liberty, said: “The ISC shamefully spins the facts seeking to blame the communications companies for not doing the agencies’ work for them.”

See Report from the Intelligence and Security Committee: Report on the intelligence relating to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby (pdf)

Why it’s dangerous to blame internet firms for Lee Rigby’s murder - Outrageous claims by the intelligence and security committee threaten goodwill that exists among internet firms and UK police (Guardian, link): "The claim by parliament’s intelligence and security committee that an unnamed internet company should entirely shoulder the blame for failing to prevent the terrorist murder of soldier Lee Rigby is as outrageous as it is wrong-headed. It really is a case of shooting the messenger. The accusation by the ISC chairman, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, that the company is providing a “haven for terrorists” because it is not routinely monitoring the content of every exchange that takes place over its networks is not far off a 1920s home secretary blaming the telephone for spreading Soviet Bolshevism.... if US companies are not prepared to hand over their customers’ data by the front door, the British government in the shape of GCHQ, are quite prepared to grab it by the back door."

 

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