Which is exactly what the GMS have been doing.
Just a little bit of background information. GMS is the Government Mail Service which are a department within government who protect government employees from terrorist attacks such as mail bombs, razor blades and probably anthrax – but they are only supposed to screen incoming mail to government departments – and therein lies the rub.
According to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, GMS do not have “RIPA powers” which means if they open outgoing mail from a government agency/department they are actually breaking the law (just the same as Phorm’s WebWise does) as it would be classed as interception.
So imagine the shock for one of our members when he got a reply today from the Crown Prosecution Service which was delayed by an entire week due to being “Screened” by the GMS. Yes you read that correctly – it now seems that GMS are screening outgoing mail from the CPS.
In order to try and figure out what was going on, I attempted to phone GMS Screening Office only to never have the call answered – so I then phoned the Operations Manager for GMS using the number on their web site. An audio recording of the conversation can be found by clicking on the link below:
Read more on NoDPI.
Wikileaks.org has mirrored the mp3 file.