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Calls for restraint from the UK's intelligence agencies, and establishment of outside oversight are coming from unusual quarters, with the ex-head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, saying that there should be a new scrutiny body made up of ‘citizens groups' while Sir David Omand, former director of GCHQ has also called for better oversight of intelligence operations.

“As a result of pressure from civil rights organisations following Snowden, governments are rightly re-examining processes and legal frameworks for intelligence activity and seeking to improve oversight mechanisms,” commented Omand in a recent paper issued by the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) Understanding Digital...

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