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d2k) Tempora programme is given legal authority by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) which has been in force since 2000 and oversees all collection of data by the UK government.
The privacy watchdog has challenged the government and telecom companies on two counts: "For the failure to have a publicly accessible legal framework in which communications data of those located in the UK is accessed, after [it is] obtained and passed on by the US National Security Agency through the Prism programme", and secondly, "indiscriminate interception and storing of huge amounts of data via tapping undersea fibre optic cables" through the Tempora programme.
htm) Tempora is claimed to be a more advanced data collection tool than those used by the NSA.
The existence and scope of the Tempora operation is now in the public domain.