What about all the “meta data”, the external information about how many emails were sent, to whom etc? “Look,” he challenges. “Who has the info on you? It’s the commercial companies, not us, who know everything – a massive sharing of data. The other day I bought a watch for my wife. Soon there were lots of pop-up watches advertising themselves on our computer, and she complained. ‘It’s that bloody internet,’ I tell her.”
Outgoing GCHQ chief Iain Lobban apparently unaware of the demands for data retention made on internet companies by governments for the past 13 years?
GCHQ: ‘This is not Blitz Britain. We sure as hell can’t lick terrorism on our own’, Telegraph, 2014-10-11