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125 GCHQ has probably spied on you

Wednesday 30th September, 2015

The article itself, from The Intercept, is sadly unsurprising. It has been covered on various other Tech/Security sites across the Internet, such as Ars Technica, BoingBoing, Slashdot, Bruce Schneier's blog, etc.

What did surprise me is GCHQ's classification of what is metadata and what is content. Your userid and password * are classified as metadata. That's a bit like handing your house keys to a complete stranger who has been known to break the law (and who still has no visible controls or accountability) and thinking, "Well, it's just metadata, what can they do?"

(* Just think - this applies to any website or online service you login to - banking, emails, shopping, forums, social websites ...)