Internet giants such as Google or Facebook have more personal data on people than any intelligence agency has ever had or should have, believes former UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) director David Omand, according to The Times.
Omand, speaking to international security expert Richard Aldrich at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, was quoted as saying:
"The big revelation over the last couple of years has not been about government intelligence agencies – it has been about the private sector. It's the fact that the internet companies know more …than any intelligence agency ever could or should know."
Sir David Omand, speaking on 8 October, emphasised the dangers behind profiting from information that people freely gave to internet companies and dubbed it a "major threat to democracy".
The power of internet companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google was uncontrolled, stressed the British former senior civil servant who served as the Director of the GCHQ from 1996 to 1997.