Britain’s former home secretary David Blunkett has called for more stringent oversight of UK spy agencies. He says claims to secrecy as a prerequisite for national security are undermining public confidence in UK intelligence services.
The Labour MP says Britain’s legislative framework relating to mass surveillance must be regularly updated, and cautions the state’s judicial oversight of the sector requires strengthening and a greater degree of transparency.
Blunkett’s criticism surfaced during the Intelligence and Security Committee’s public evidence session on Tuesday – the second ever held. Earlier this year, the intelligence and security committee heard evidence from UK intelligence chiefs.