In 2013, Edward Joseph Snowden, an American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency employee, copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency. According to the documents it was found out that Scottish government has conducted itself like the NSA and GCHQ. There was a program called Milkwhite the purporse of which was to gather the information about internet usage.
The local newspaper The National tried to define the role of Scottish government in controlling program. They’ve been given the access to information that describes what is contained in large computer databases, for example who wrote the information, what it is for, and in what form it is stored. Such information we can compare with the treasure for a spy.
At the same time, chair of human rights, Richard Haley asks different relevant questions, concerning the policy of the government. “Why is the government involved in Milkwhite program?”, “What’s the purpose of it?”, “What does it mean the Scottish Recording Center?”, “Is it a bulding with employees and equipment or a special image?”.
Covering the issue, the government said nothing significant except it was operational matter for the police. On the whole, there were some worries about what being done and how being realized.