July 5, 2011
The UK’s Security Service wrongly gathered information about innocent telephone users during criminal surveillance, a report into the interception of communications has said.
The MI5 acquired data belonging to subscribers of 134 telephone numbers following a failure in software, Sir Paul Kennedy, Interception of Communications Commissioner, said..
“These errors were caused by a formatting fault on an electronic spreadsheet which altered the last three digits of each of the telephone numbers to â€˜000â€™,” Sir Paul said in his annual review of how law enforcement agencies use legal powers to intercept communications in 2010 (63-page / 2.3MB PDF).
“These unfortunate errors were identified by the Security Service and duly reported,” he said