Spies’ internet surveillance backup system breaches environmental law

The backup generators for the formerly secret system used to extract data from the internet for surveillance purposes are being operated unlawfully, ENDS can reveal

GCHQ in Cheltenham
Air coolers for GCHQ's backup generators appear to be visible at the right and bottom of the picture

The backup generators for the formerly secret system used to extract data from the internet for surveillance purposes are being operated unlawfully, ENDS can reveal.

The Environment Agency (EA) confirmed yesterday that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) building in Cheltenham holds no environmental permit for its backup generators. The admission comes almost four months after ENDS first asked about its legal status, following a tip-off. The regulator is now investigating the matter.

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